After the deadly shooting of Nathaniel Julius in Johannesburg last week, people have taken to the streets, off and online, to protest the incident, which unfolded in Eldorado Park while the 16-year-old was allegedly on his way back from buying biscuits.
One of those vocal protesters is Cape Town-based rapper KNO (real name Keanu Fernandez), who expressed his devastation following the deplorable act of violence and issued a statement calling on influencers and celebrities to use their social media platforms to demand justice.
“I want to send my sincere condolences to [Nathaniel Julius’] family and his community of Eldorado Park in Johannesburg. I feel that as artists we have a responsibility and I want to start a challenge to all of the influencers, rappers and celebrities, if you have a platform where you can use your voice and be heard you must spark justice for our fallen children,” he stated plainly.
The former gang member-turned-youth uplifter released a single called “Cape Of Good Hope” a few days before the shooting occurred which speaks to the number of innocent children society loses to gang violence. The accompanying video also pays visual tribute to the children KNO saw caught in the cross-fire his youth experienced on a daily basis.
“I challenge you to speak out against this matter,” he continued. “Show the world that it’s not only in the United States where these things are happening – it’s happening right here in our communities in South Africa. We’ve been at war. We are at war! This is a crisis we are going through. Now is the time to spark justice and to use your platform to bring change to this shit.”