Julies, who was born with Down syndrome, was shot, allegedly by police, last week. His body was “dumped” at the Chris Baragwanath Hospital where he later died.
THE INDEPENDENT Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) arrested a third police officer in connection with the murder of Eldorado Park teenager Nathaniel Julies.
Spokesperson for police watchdog, Ipid, Ndileka Cola said the third suspect was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.
“The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has this afternoon arrested the third suspect linked to the Nataniel Julies murder on charges of defeating the ends of justice and being in possession of prohibited ammunition,” Cola said.
“The detective is also from Eldorado Park South African Police Service. He is set to appear before the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, September 3. Ipid continues to investigate this matter.”
The initial two officers accused of murdering 16-year-old Nathaniel – Sergeant “Scorpion” Simon Ndyalvane and Constable Caylene Whiteboy – appeared briefly at the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Monday.
Nathaniel, who was born with Down syndrome, was shot, allegedly by police, last week. His body was ‘dumped’ at the Chris Baragwanath Hospital where he later died.
President Cyril Ramaphosa last week offered his “sincere condolences” to Nathaniel’s family.
Ramaphosa, in a statement, said the violent death of any young person was a matter of concern.
“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,” Ramaphosa said.
The death of the teenager sparked fierce running battles between police and residents in Eldorado Park this week after angry community members accused police of shooting the boy.
Taking to the streets to vent their frustrations, they threw stones and petrol bombs at SAPS officers and members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).
– African News Agency