The murder case of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julius from Eldorado Park, which sees three police officers being accused of the crime, has once again been postponed in the Protea Magistrate’s Court.
The South African reports that the case has been postponed until January 2021 pending further investigations.
The three accused are Sergeant Voster Netshiongolo, Sergeant Simon “Scorpion” Ndyalvane and Constable Caylene Whiteboy.
According to News24, Netshiongolo and Whiteboy were physically in court, while Ndyalvane joined via Audio-Visual Remind (AVR) from the Johannesburg Prison.
Their bail was denied by Magistrate David Mhango.
After bringing forth a new bail application last week, Netshiongolo will be back in court on 14 December for the judgment of the application. Whiteboy and Ndyalvane will be back in court on 27 January 2021, says the publication.
Nathaniel was murdered after buying biscuits from a shop near his home, says the Daily Maverick. He reportedly got excited when he heard the sirens of the police vans.
Whiteboy stated in her affidavit during her bail application that she was the one who fired the shot and killed Nathaniel, says the publication. She assumed the gun was loaded with rubber bullets. Ndyalvane had then allegedly handed her the gun used to disperse the residents in Freedom Park outside Eldorado Park.
Netshiongolo has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact and defeating the ends of justice. His co-accused are facing charges of murder, possession of illegal ammunition, defeating the ends of justice and discharging a firearm in public, reports the Daily Maverick.
Acting National Spokesperson for IPID Sontaga Seisa said, “IPID’s position is that there are no new facts that [justify] the accused to be approaching the court with new facts. All the facts that the accused are trying to put before [the] court were [actually] dealt with previously. On that basis, IPID is opposing the intended bail. Our investigation is ongoing,” reports The South African.