Nathaniel Julius’ family: SAPS trying to cover up his ‘cold-blooded murder’

Nathaniel Julius died at the Baragwanath Hospital on Wednesday night after he was shot just meters away from his home.

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 - The family of a disabled teenager who was allegedly gunned down by police in Eldorado Park have accused police of trying to cover up what they're calling a cold-blooded murder.

Nathaniel Julius died at the Baragwanath Hospital on Wednesday night after he was shot just meters away from his home.

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According to his family, police said he was wounded in a shootout between gang members and officers but the community disputes this.

They say he was shot in the chest when he was unable to answer questions from police.

Cyril Brown is Julius' uncle. He said he gave the teenager a haircut just hours before he was shot.

"He can't talk at all, so when he sees me he says 'C...cut'. After I cut his hair he went on to his Mom and said 'mooi'. I spoke to him and said bye-bye, and he still said 'awe' for me."

Brown said he's heard police accused Julius of being part of a gang, but he said that was impossible because he had down syndrome.

"They say he was caught in a crossfire because there was gang-related fights here at the flats; there is nothing like that, there was no gangs. After they shot him they probably phoned the guys here to say what happened, and the other van came to pick up the shell casings and they didn't even put that police [tape]."

The community is planning to hold a peaceful march in the streets of Eldorado Park on Saturday, calling for a complete overhaul of the local police station's management.

Meanwhile, Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has urged the community to allow the law to take its course.

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