Makhura vows justice for toddler's family

The premier says police are following up on various leads in connection with the shooting of Luke Tibbetts.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has promised that justice will prevail following the shooting of three-year old Luke Tibbetts.

Tibbetts is in a critical condition in hospital after getting caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout at the weekend.

He was sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them when the incident occurred.

A witness who was in the car said she heard the boy's mother scream that her son had been shot.

The boy was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and placed on life support.

Makhura has assured the three-year old's family that police are using all available resources to locate and apprehend those responsible for the incident.

He said authorities are following up on various leads.

A 22-year-old man has already been arrested and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Tibbetts's family members, along with the chairperson of the local community policing forum and Westbury residents, have threatened to deal with the suspect themselves.

Tempers flared inside the Sophiatown Police Station earlier today, where the suspect is being held, when he shouted through the window of his police cell that only "God can judge him".

At the same time, the child's friends accompanied by their teachers marched to the police station earlier today holding up posters which read 'bring back the death penalty'.

The incident comes just three weeks after the death of four-year-old Taegrin Morris who was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.