Slain JHB toddlers buried

Luke Tibbetts and Curburne van Wyk were laid to rest at the weekend.

Funeral service for Luke Tibbetts. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Government, police and communities reacted with anger during the funeral services of two three-year-old Gauteng boys at the weekend who were victims of crime.

Luke Tibbetts, who was shot in the head as he sat on his mother's lap in a car in Westbury, was laid to rest on Saturday.

Another young boy, Curburne van Wyk, whose partially burnt body was found in Reiger Park last week after he was kidnapped, was also buried.

"My God did not fail me but society did, the justice system did. I pray that Luke's death will bring peace to our street."

These are the words of Tibbetts's mother Candice, who says police and government must work harder to protect children from crime in communities.

"My job as a mother was to love, nurture, care, heal, scrape knees and hands and take care of him when he was sick, not to stop stray bullets."

Another family said their last goodbyes to little Curburne van Wyk.

His father Elroy Peterson says, "I feel like I didn't do enough to protect my son."

Meanwhile, Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the police must work with communities.