Nathaniel Julius: Premier says disabled teen was caught in crossfire

- Gauteng Premier David Makhura has spoken up about the death of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julius

- Makhura said he was disturbed by the events that led to the passing of an innocent child

- The Premier then added that Julius died because he was allegedly caught in the crossfire between cops and gang members

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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," according to TimesLIVE.

However, IOL reported on Thursday that Julius' family detailed his death and they blame the SAPS for his passing.

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SAPS Gauteng spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said police officers were hard at work to try and contain the situation in Eldorado Park.

She said:

“This morning we had to deploy our public order police to help in Eldorado Park after violent attacks by residents who are allegedly accusing police of having shot and killed a 16-year-old boy."

Peters confirmed that the cops had fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and that several people, including officers, were injured in the process.

“I can confirm that two members of SAPS and one JMPD officer have been injured, with three of our vehicles damaged," she said.

Peters went on to describe the situation as "extremely volatile" despite the SAPS' best efforts to contain it.

In other news, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been summoned to appear before the party's integrity commission after he allegedly said that no-one should be expected to step down on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.

According to a leaked letter addressed to Magashule, he has been ordered to make sure he is available next week. The commission had initially hoped to meet with Magashule on Saturday, 29 August but had to postpone the meeting because of a Special NEC meeting scheduled for 28 to 30 August.

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