It’s back to court for 3 police officers charged in connection with the murder of Eldorado park teen, Nathaniel Julies. Julies who had down syndrome was allegedly shot and killed by police last month. eNCA's Aviwe Mtila is at court. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - A blame game is playing out in court as the three police officers charged in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julies appear at the Protea magistrate's court.
His killing last month sparked outrage in Eldorado Park, with community members taking to the streets in protest.
Simon Ndyalvane and Caylene Whiteboy have been charged with murder and discharging a firearm in a public space.
A third suspect, Vorster Netshiongolwe, has been charged with defeating the ends of justice.
Julies' mother, Bridget Harris, said the three police officers don't deserve their freedom.
"For these two weeks, it's been hard for me. It's been torture. I didn't know who pulled the trigger. For Nathaniel, he [was] so young and his life has been taken away, as a mother, it's very heartbreaking. It doesn't matter who pulled the trigger. They're all guilty of one thing: murder."
The three suspects are all expected to apply for bail.
Two of the accused have submitted conflicting versions of events, placing blame on one another for the teen's killing.
In his affidavit, Ndyalvana said Whiteboy had fired the shot that killed Julies.
Whiteboy has levelled allegations of her own against Ndyalvana, saying he has threatened her life in an attempt to force her to admit to his version of events.
She further stated she plans to enter a plea of not guilty.
Whiteboy said when she discharged the firearm, she did not know that the firearm had been loaded with live ammunition but thought it was loaded with rubber bullets.