Two police officers have been arrested following the untimely and tragic death of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julius in Eldorado Park on Wednesday August 26.
The independent direction of police investigations (Ipid) took Friday evening, after a careful examination of the evidence, the decision to detain the two members involved in the alleged shooting.
NATHANIEL JULIUS: TWO POLICE OFFICERS
According to Ipid Ndileka Cola spokesperson, the couple will be charged with murder and possibly having conquered the ends of justice.
“The two members of SAPS are attached to the Eldorado Park Crime Prevention Unit. Further details regarding the case will only be available once the pair have appeared in [the] Protea District Court, ”Cola said.
Friday afternoon, a few hours before the arrests, Police Minister Bheki Cele visited Julius’ family. While addressing the media, Cele said the investigation would be turned over to Ipid. He also said that one or more police officers had not yet been detained, adding to the current frustration among community members.
According to the minister, officers are working with prosecutors to free community leaders who have been arrested following protests in Eldorado Park.
ALLEGED ADOLESCENT ATTRACTED, SPARK PROTESTS
It is alleged by Julius’ family that he left home to go get food when a police van pulled up and turned on his siren. When Julius got R20;excitedR21;, police reportedly shot him dead before taking him to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Julius succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday night.
President Cyril Ramaphosa commented on the tragic incident, saying: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and neighbors of Nathaniel Julius who, at 16, was deprived of a future and whose tragic death aroused anger and turmoil in a community that deserves better.
The next day, Thursday August 27, violent clashes between the community of Eldorado Park and the police broke out. As the community fought back at the police, officers responded with rubber bullets. Journalists also said they were threatened by police and said that if they didn’t move away, they would be shot.