The accused appeared at the Protea Magistrates’ Court on Friday, February 26, and the case was referred to the high court for the trial set for March 19.
The witnesses include colleagues of the accused from the Eldorado Park police station, as well as medical professionals who attempted to treat Nathaniel at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital moments before he died.
Nathaniel’s mother, Bridget Harris, said she was relieved that there seemed to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
“I have always expressed courage and confidence, especially in the accused’s last few appearances, that we might finally realise justice for Nathaniel. It’s a huge relief, this is a step in the right direction. All we are praying for is justice for Nathaniel, and closure.”
According to the State, on August 28, the three officers, who were attached to the Eldorado Park police station, were responsible for Nathaniel’s killing. A month later they were denied bail by the same court.
Later in court, Simon “Scorpion” Ndyalvane and Caylene Whiteboy were denied bail while Voster Netshiongolo secured R10 000 bail on December 18, 2020 after some delays. Ndyalvane and Whiteboy are charged with murder, possession of illegal ammunition, defeating the ends of justice and discharging a firearm in public.
Netshiongolo, a former Eldorado Park police station sergeant, faces charges of accessory to murder after the fact and defeating the ends of justice.
The State had opposed bail, arguing that the accused faced serious charges which fell within the realm of Schedule 6 of the Criminal Procedure Act as serious offences.
On Friday, the accused did not cover their faces as they had in previous court appearances and appeared simultaneously for the first time.