Child shooting: Minimal charges for 2nd suspect

Keenan Mokwena appeared briefly in court on Thursday and was only charged with pointing a firearm.

Protesting members of the Westbury community demand to see the man arrested in connection with an incident of suspected gang violence that saw a three-year-old boy being shot in the head on 4 August 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A second suspect in the shooting of three-year-old Luke Tibbetts in Westbury has been charged, but only with pointing a firearm.

Keenan Mokwena appeared briefly in the Newlands Magistrates Court this afternoon but was not charged with attempted murder as expected.

Tibbetts remains on life support in hospital after being shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them on Saturday.

Mokwena maintains he is innocent and claims the bullet which wounded Tibbetts was meant for him.

He was arrested on Wednesday following further police investigations and statements implicating him.

The family of the first accused Lindray Khakhu was stunned to learn Mokwena is not being held liable.

Khakhu was charged with two counts of attempted murder on Tuesday.

Both accused will be back in court next week but will appear separately.

Meanwhile, forensic experts are searching for clues at the crime scene in Westbury.

Experts have marked the bullet holes in the wall and are trying to collect more evidence to present their case against the second suspect.

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.


Police minister Nathi Nhleko has urged Westbury residents to form a stronger relationship with police and to make use of their services.

The minister visited the Tibbetts family earlier on Thursday.

The minister said today's visit is not just to pay respects to the boy's family but also to make policing more visible within the community.

Members of the community policing board also joined the minister on his visit to the area.

Nhleko said he hopes an increased police visibility in the area will improve public confidence in the South African Police Service.