South Africans in Johannesburg are angry after police allegedly shot a 16-year-old disabled boy to death following his inability to defend himself.
The boy, Nathaniel Julius died in the hospital on Wednesday, a few hours after he was shot by Johannesburg police a few yards away from his home in Eldorada Park, Johannesburg.
Residents of the area took to the street to protest the lack of housing in the drug and crime infested locality. Police said Nathaniel was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout with gang members, a claim the family and locals denied.
The family said that Nathaniel Julius who had down syndrome was shot in the chest when he couldn’t explain himself to the police. Eye witnesses said he was holding some biscuits in his hands when he was shot and thrown into a van.
Residents of Eldorado Park hit the streets to protest Nathaniel’s death. They threw rocks at the police who returned fire with rubber bullets and stun grenades.
A government official who visited the boy’s family announced that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IDIP) will investigate the incident. He added that the officers involved in the shooting have been removed to allow investigations to go on.