Chana was lucky, says victim’s mother

2013-10-30 00:00

MUSICIAN Khuli Chana, who was injured in a police shooting when he was allegedly mistaken for a kidnapper, is so lucky to still be alive.

These are the words of a distraught Leonie Luckin, whose only daughter, Leanne Douglas, died after the car she was travelling in from Port Shepstone was allegedly shot at by police, causing it to overturn.

Luckin said with Leanne’s death, she has lost the only thing of value in her life.

“The grieving process has been quite tough. I was at a point where I just wanted to be alone. However, as time went by I realised that having my friends around me made it much easier to cope,” Luckin said.

“I am currently going through Leanne’s belongings and just sorting them out, but it has been a huge task. It is just something I do to keep myself busy so I don't think about the incident as much.”

She said that since the incident, neither the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) nor any other officials involved have been in contact with her and she has had to contact them every time to check on the case.

“I did call them a few weeks ago again to find out the details of their investigations thus far. I was asked to make a statement and nothing has happened since then.”

With the case proceedings delayed, Luckin says she now feels frustrated as closure seems impossible.

“Investigations are taking quite long and that is understandable, as I know people are busy with other issues, but I would like to be updated about my daughter’s case.”

Douglas, (45), who owned the Red Rooster restaurant at Spiller’s Wharf in Port Shepstone, was on her way to Durban when tragedy struck.

On the night of the incident, a terrified Douglas called Luckin to tell her that police were trying to pull her off the road.

Then the call ended.

Luckin said she waited a while and phoned her back to find out what was happening and that was when she heard gunshots and her daughter frantically screaming.

In an incident on Monday, six shots were fired at musician Chana after he was chased by police who had mistook him for a kidnapper. Chana sustained a back and a hand injury.

Luckin said she had heard about the incident, and several others, and was glad he was not killed or severely injured.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said yesterday investigations into the Douglas incident are going well, but he was unable to divulge further details.

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