- President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to the family of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julius, who allegedly died at the hands of police
- The head of state then called on South Africans to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands
- However, South Africans were not happy with only "thoughts and prayers" and they called on the president to take action
President Cyril Ramaphosa has broken his silence on the tragic death of a disabled teen, Nathaniel Julius.
The head of state took to his official Twitter page to sent the family of the 16-year-old boy his condolences.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and neighbours of #NathanielJulius 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."
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President Ramaphosa then called on South Africans to remain calm and rely on the justice system to bring those responsible to the book.
The head of state wrote:
"While communities have a right to express dissent, anger should not spill over into action that could worsen the trauma already experienced by citizens. Justice can only prevail if community workers work with our criminal justice system to address alleged injustice or abuse."
The president's pleas follow a massive protest action on Thursday which saw Eldorado Park residents vandalising the police station and damaging SAPS vehicles.
According to the SAPS Gauteng spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters several people were also injured after police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
However, South Africans were not happy with the president's tweets and they called on Ramaphosa to take action instead.
Twitter user, @explicit_lut, commented:
"We need action from you not thoughts."
Another tweep, @SimonWaMoeti, added:
"You can do way better than prayers and thoughts....you occupy the highest office in the land."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported Gauteng Premier David Makhura has given details about the events that led to the death of Nathaniel Julius. According to Makhura, the boy was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The premier said the 16-year-old disabled child was caught in the crossfire between SAPS officers and gang members this week.
He was quoted saying:
"The boy who was disabled was allegedly caught in the crossfire between a gang and the SA Police Service on Wednesday."
Makhura added that he was "disturbed" by the events that led to the death of "an innocent child."
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