Premier calls for action after toddler shot

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Tuesday called for action following the shooting of a Westbury toddler at the weekend.

Makhura paid a surprise visit to the Sophiatown police station where a 24-year-old man allegedly implicated in the shooting was charged.

Makhura said he visited the area where the boy Luke Tibbets, 3, was wounded in crossfire on Saturday evening.

"Locals raised issues including that of the state of policing and levels of crime," Makhura told journalists at the police station.

He said the community complained that people arrested for various crimes were usually released "and back on the streets the next day".

"I emphasised that they should not take matters into their own hands," Makhura said, adding that the suspect should be denied bail.

Community and police must work together - Makhura

"Our police force is competent but the community was complaining about this police station yesterday.

"We are here to fix that and deal with these issues."

He said the only way to eradicate crime was for the community and the police to work together.

The boy and a 26-year-old man who were travelling in separate cars were hit by stray bullets in the shooting on Saturday.

The man was shot in the right arm. He was treated and discharged.

The boy, however, is in a critical condition in hospital.

People who witnessed the shooting identified the man and reported him to the police.

No other arrests have been made and the cause of the shooting was unknown.

The suspect was expected to appear in the Newlands Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

David Van Schalkwyk 2014-08-05 11:15:41 AM
WOW it takes children dying before action is called for... What will it take for action to take place???
June Francis 2014-08-05 11:18:51 AM
Exactly David - this area has been affected by crime for decades . It has never been safe , so children have to die first before our govt will take crime seriously.
Hemlock 2014-08-05 11:22:30 AM
All talk, no action!!!!
Lefu Jacob 2014-08-05 11:35:23 AM
Mob justice is the only solution to this criminals, period!
Marcus Martin 2014-08-05 11:38:54 AM
I would like to know the status of the toddler - do the doctors hope for any recovery? do we know what sort of permanent damage if he does recover?
annadie 2014-08-05 11:42:50 AM
If someone starts a petition for the return of the Death Penalty I WILL SIGN IT! The time has come!!
Bernard Roccon 2014-08-05 11:46:28 AM
Have they caught Teagran's killers?
Lawrence Robert Atkinson 2014-08-05 11:55:30 AM
Why do politicians add their useless sound bytes after the fact? How about doing something, like your job, before people are killed?
Brooklax Mpundus 2014-08-05 11:57:24 AM
What action , you moegoe ? All action we need from your jellyfish government is the death penalty ! You politicians like to come make noise after the fact . Useless liars !
SunshinyDay 2014-08-05 12:02:36 PM
So what actual plan do you have then? It's no good saying that the community and police must work together if it seems that the police aren't doing their jobs properly.