Westbury residents threaten to burn down police station (video)

Westbury residents threaten to burn down police station

Westbury residents threaten to burn down police station

The shooting of three-year-old Luke Tibbetts was the final straw for Westbury residents who have threatened to burn down Sophiatown Police station if the police don’t come to their aid.

Speaking to media outside of the police station yesterday, angered residents said they would resort to mob justice, claiming that police do nothing in the community.

One resident claimed the SAPS do nothing for them and are also corrupt giving drug dealers in the area tipoffs.

“Wake up, we are tired, we will take the law into our own hands if you don’t do things properly,” said a resident.

Luke remains on life support after he was hit in the head by a stray last weekend.

Another Westbury resident Keenan Mokwena, was also shot in the incident, and has said he was the intended target of the suspect. Mokwena was shot in his right arm and was treated and discharged.

Lindray Khakhu, 24, was arrested for the shooting.

Khakhu’s family has claimed a different version of events, saying it was not Khakhu that started the shooting.

He appeared in the Newlands Magistrate’s Court on two counts of attempted murder on Tuesday. It was learnt in court that Khakhu is facing three other charges of attempted murder for a separate matter.

These cases were pending before the High Court.

MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said three additional cases of murder and attempted murder against the suspect, which were previously suspended, would be “resuscitated”, bringing the total number
of cases against him to six.

The case was postponed to August 12, which will likely be a bail application.


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