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Just In: Two police officers arrested for alleged murder of Nathaniel Julius

Nathaniel Julius, 16, from Eldorado Park was allegedly gunned down by police officers on Wednesday 26 August.

Nathaniel Julius Eldorado Park 2

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Two police officers have been arrested following the untimely and tragic death of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julius in Eldorado Park on Wednesday 26 August. 

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has on Friday evening, after careful consideration of the evidence, taken the decision to detain the two members implicated in the alleged shooting.  


According to Ipid spokesperson Ndileka Cola, the pair will be charged with murder and possibly defeating the ends of justice. 

“The two SAPS members are attached to the Eldorado Park crime prevention unit. Further details regarding the case will only be made available once the pair have appeared in [the] Protea Magistrate’s Court,” said Cola. 

On Friday afternoon, just a few hours before the arrests, Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the family of Julius. While addressing the media, Cele said the investigation would be handed over to Ipid. He also said that a police officer/s had not yet been detained, adding to the existing frustration of community members. 

Community members could be heard chanting; “we want justice!”

According to the minister, officers are working with prosecutors for the release of community leaders who were arrested in the wake of the Eldorado Park protests.


It is alleged by Julius’ 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 on Wednesday evening.

President Cyril Ramaphosa commented on the tragic incident saying: “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.”

The next day, on Thursday 27 August, 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.