Three police officers arrested in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julies from Eldorado Park were denied bail.
The officers appeared at the Protea District Court in Soweto on Monday on charges of murder, possession of banned ammunition and possible violation of the law.
Simon “Scorpion” Ndyalvane and Caylene Whiteboy have been charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice and Voster Netsiongolo was charged with being an accessory to murder.Whiteboy is accused to have pulled the trigger while an off-duty Netsiongolo was allegedly summoned to the scene to cover up evidence by placing ammunition in the area as if the teenager had been shot. and got killed in a gang related war.
The case has been postponed to September 10 for further investigation, reported SABC News.
The suspects remain in custody.
Julies, who has Down Syndrome, was shot dead by officers on August 31, for allegedly not following the officers’ instructions.
The shooting sparked riots in Eldorado Park, South of Johannesburg in which two South African Police Officers and Johannesburg Metro Police Officer were injured in public threats to set fire on local police station.
It estimated that more than 120,000 people signed a petition calling for those involved in the deadly shooting to be prosecuted.
The incident highlighted longstanding complaints from the public about the poorly run cop shop.
During a visit to the tense area, Police Minister Bheki Cele condemned the actions of police officers involved in the teenager’s death and said the teen’s murder was “inappropriate”.
The Eldorado Park community criticized the Economic Freedom Fighters for trying to politicise the funeral and disrespecting the procession.