Tibbetts family ‘lost faith in the justice system’

Keenan Mokwena has been released after paying a R3,000 fine.

Lindray Khakhu appears in the Newlands Magistrates Court in Sophiatown in connection with a shooting in Westbury that killed Luke Tibbetts. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of three-year-old Luke Tibbetts, who died after being shot while sitting on his mother's lap in a car in Westbury, say they have lost faith in the justice system.

Sophiatown Police have confirmed that Keenan Mokwena, who admitted to pointing a firearm during the shooting in August, has been released after paying a R3,000 fine.

Lindrey Khaku, who has been charged with murder, is expected to go on trial in the High Court next year.

Tibbetts' uncle Llewellyn Valentine says he was told by a friend that Mokwena is a free man and won't face further charges.

"As a family, we are really disturbed about what has happened because police said this guy will be dealt with and they will face the full might of the law."

Meanwhile, in a separate case, the parents of another boy, Taegrin Morris, say they are happy that justice is being served.

A suspect was arrested in connection with the murder of the four-year-old Reiger Park boy earlier this week.

Morris was dragged behind his mother's hijacked vehicle just a few weeks before Tibbetts died.