The two police officers arrested in connection with the death of Nathaniel Julies appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court today. The pair face charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice and possession of prohibited ammunition. Sixteen-year-old Nathaniel was shot and killed on Wednesday in Eldorado Park south of Johannesburg allegedly in a crossfire shootout between police and gangsters.
Suspects remain in custody
The two have been charged on counts of murder, discharging a firearm in public, possession of ammunition and defeating the administration of justice. The duo has been remanded into custody and will return for another bail appearance on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
KZN Down Syndrome Association speaks to Newsbreak Lotus
Julies’ death has led to widespread protest against the police unit of Eldorado Park, while social media users are calling for justice under the hashtag #JusticeForNathanielJulius. Police minister Bheki Cele on his visit to the family on Friday was met by upset residents. He said the relationship between communities and police must be restored. Meanwhile, speaking to Newsbreak about the death of Nathaniel, Branch Manager at the Down Syndrome Association of KZN, Angie Govindsami says as a mother of a 17-year-old son with down syndrome, she can relate with Nathaniel’s grieving family.
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The death of Nathaniel Julies prompted a response from President Cyril Ramaphosa, “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and neighbours of Nathaniel who has, as a 16-year-old, been deprived of a future and whose tragic death has given rise to anger and unrest in a community that deserves better”, he said.
Source inputs: Newsbreak Lotus
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