Sixteen-year-old Nathaniel Julius was shot in the chest by two police officers in Eldorado Park on Wednesday. The child died the following day and police authorities claim the child was caught between a shootout with officers and alleged gangsters.
On Friday night, in a statement released police watchdog the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) confirmed the arrests which, it said, came “after careful consideration of the evidence at hand”.
“The pair will be charged with murder and possibly defeating the ends of justice. The two SAPS members are attached to the Eldorado Park crime prevention unit,” said Ipid spokesperson Ndileka Cola.
No more details would be given until the cop pair appeared in court, Cola said.
The two officers arrested will be charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice.
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Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the family on Wednesday, his visit was met by angry residents who want those behind the teenager’s killing, to face the full might of the law and want action soon. They say they have lost faith in the police members deployed at the Eldorado Park police station and want them out of their community warning that they will render the township ungovernable.
But Cele has called for calm: “We will take the matter back to the government of Gauteng.”
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