“I grabbed a plastic gun [from the floor of the car] and pointed it at him to scare him,” Mokwena told the court. He was being questioned by prosecutor Deon van Wyk about the shooting in Westbury, Johannesburg, on August 2 last year, in which toddler Luke Tibbetts was killed.
He said Khakhu, who was standing next to his own car, got a gun from his car and shot at him, wounding him.
Khakhu is on trial on 18 charges, including the murder of three-year-old Tibbetts, the attempted murder of Mokwena, pointing a firearm, and illegal possession of a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Mokwena drove himself to the Sophiatown police station, opened a case against Khakhu, and went to hospital for treatment.
Mokwena, who faces a charge of pointing a firearm, has turned State witness.
Tibbetts was hit by a bullet while sitting on his mother’s lap in a car, as Khakhu allegedly shot at Mokwena’s car. The boy died in hospital a few days later.
After a tea break, the court was shown a video clip of Khakhu’s sister, Lindsey Campbell, saying someone had come to her mother’s house and asked “Who is Lindray Khakhu, Papas?” and fired a shot into the air, after which her brother and those around him fled on foot.