Eldorado Park community want overhaul of local police after disabled teen shot

Nathaniel Julius was killed on Tuesday night, apparently after he failed to respond to police questioning.

South African Police Service (SAPS) officers fire rubber bullets at protesters outside the SAPS offices in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, on 27 August 2020, during a protest by community members after a 16-year-old boy was allegedly shot dead by a policeman. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Community members in Eldorado Park are calling for a complete overhaul of the police executive at the local station after the killing of a disabled 16-year-old.

Nathaniel Julius was killed on Tuesday night, apparently after he failed to respond to police questioning.

His family said that he had Down Syndrome and struggled to speak.

Tempers have been high on Thursday as community members protested, demanding that the police officer who killed Julius be brought to book.

Community members in Eldorado Park said that they felt let down by the police officers who were supposed to be protecting them.

Morne Liaz is the leader of a local youth group.

He said that he had had terrible experiences with the police.

"I know first-hand that they are doing nothing on the cases. GBV violence, they'll rather send 20 vans to go and pick up an innocent lady who hasn't done anything but they can't send out 20 vans to go and close down a lolly lounge."

Police have told residents to go home as they cleared up Turf Road.

Representatives from the Human Rights Commission are also on their way here to meey with the teenager's family.

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