The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has on Tuesday afternoon 1 September, arrested a third suspect linked to the Nathaniel Julies murder which took place less than one week ago in Eldorado Park, Gauteng.
THIRD SUSPECT ALSO FROM ELDORADO PARKS SAPS
According to Ipid, the suspect has been arrested on charges of defeating the ends of justice and being in possession of prohibited ammunition.
"The detective is also from Eldorado Park South African Police Services. He is set to appear before the Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday 3 September 2020," said Ipid spokesperson Ndileka Cola
Two police officers from Eldorado Park, who were previously arrested made their first appearance in court on Monday 31 August. Following their brief appearance, the case was postponed until 10 September 2020 as one of the suspects were not able to provide details of legal representation.
Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwana said the pair would remain in custody until their next court appearance.
NATHANIEL JULIES ALLEGEDLY GUNNED DOWN
It is alleged by Julies' family that he had left the house to get food when a police van pulled up and turned its siren on. When Julius got "excited," police officers allegedly shot him, before taking him to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Julius succumbed to his injuries later that evening.
Since the tragic shooting of Julies, the incident has not only garnered international attention but has caused riots and protests in the area against police brutality.
On Thursday 27 August, just one day after the death of Julies, violent clashes between the Eldorado Park community and police broke out. While the community hit back at police, officers fired back rubber bullets. Journalists also said they were threatened by police and told that if they did not get out of the way, they would be shot at.
American singer and songwriter Solange Knowles also took to social media, mentioning the tragic loss of life. "Rest in peace young Nathaniel Julius. Happy Birthday beautiful Toyin. We are still fighting for you Breonna. There's such a limit to these words, but we will never forget you. What is justice with all of this loss and pain."
President Cyril Ramaphosa said; "my thoughts and prayers are with the family and neighbours of Nathaniel Julius 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."