The uncle of Eldorado Park teenager allegedly killed by the police, expressed his deep feelings when he learned that one of the two police officers involved in the murder of his nephew is a young coloured woman.
Two police officers Caylene Whiteboy and Scorpion Simon appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They are facing charges of premeditated murder, possessing illegal ammunition, firing firearms in a public place, and defeating the end of justice.
“Even if I don’t know Whiteboy. It hurts to see a young coloured woman appearing in court for the murder of my nephew,” said Cyril Brown.
The court did not ask the two to plead, and magistrate adjourned the case to September 10 so that Whiteboy, who did not have a legal representative, could appoint a lawyer, and for a possible bail application.
Whiteboy told the court he would appoint a legal aid lawyer to represent her..
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane said the state will oppose bail.
On August 27, a community broke out in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, in protest over the death of Nathaniel Julius, 16, with Down syndrome was allegedly shot by police after they were disappointed why he [the boy] didn’t answer their questions.
Earlier, before court proceeding could begin, there was a pandemonium between the police and EFF MP Kenny Motsamai.
There was pushing and shoving when a group of EFF members tried to force their leader into the courtroom through police-run door.
“As the EFF, we are here to support the family of a boy killed by the police, but I was told that this is not parliament, they are not letting me in,” Motsamai said.
Police said they would not allow over 50 people to go inside the court under COVID-19 regulations.
In court, Motsamai said, “The EFF is in court to condemn police brutality and the perpetrators go to jail.”