Luke Tibbetts murder: MEC angry after accused released

MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has expressed anger at the release of an accused after he paid a R3,000 fine.

FILE. Three-year-old Tibbetts was shot in the head while sitting on his mother's lap in a moving car in Westbury in August. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has expressed with anger the release of an accused in the Luke Tibbetts case after he paid a fine.

She plans to follow this up with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Three-year-old Tibbetts was shot in the head while sitting on his mother's lap in a moving car in Westbury in August.

Keenan Mokwena has pleaded guilty to a charge of pointing a firearm and was set free after paying a R3,000 fine, while Lindray Khakhu is expected to go on trial for murdering the boy next year.

Nkosi-Malobane says it's unacceptable that Mokwena was set free after paying only a R3,000 fine, making it impossible for the family to get closure.

"I feel their pain; they've lost a child. What is a R3,000 fine for a person like that guy, a well-known criminal in the community."

Tibbetts uncle Llewellyn Valentine says seeing Mokwena in the neighbourhood is painful.

"I saw him yesterday but I just avoided it by all means. I don't want to let bitterness and resentment build up."

Earlier this year Gauteng Premier David Makhura promised the family they would make sure the accused would face the full might of the law.