Actions of officers accused of Nathaniel Julies’ murder uncalled for, says Cele

South Africa

Johannesburg – Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the actions of the police officers implicated in the killing of Nathaniel Julies was uncalled for and said he was pleased that Ipid had taken over the case.

The three officers will return to court on Thursday.

Julies was killed just metres away from his home last month.

Police claimed that 16-year-old Julies was caught in the crossfire during alleged gang violence but the community said that he was killed by police.

Cele said that the behaviour of police was indefensible.

“It was totally uncalled for and there is not a grain of defensive input in that, nothing. I just don’t know what got in their heads of the officers. As the case continues, we will find out what happened,” said Cele.

The officers are facing charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice, using unauthorised ammunition and discharging a firearm in public.


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