Khuli Chana hugs the officers who shot him

By Drum Digital
10 September 2014

The case against two police constables accused of shooting musician Khuli Chana was withdrawn in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

The case against two police constables accused of shooting musician Khuli Chana was withdrawn in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

"The NDPP received a letter from the defence and after deliberations decided that the matter be withdrawn," said Peter Rassie Erasmus, for the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

"The State will follow alternative dispute resolution in respect of the two accused." The two apologised to Chana outside court. “We apologise to Khuli and are sorry he was injured in a case of mistaken identity,” Nzuza said. The constables then exchanged hugs with Chana, the Mail and Guardian, reported. Mduduzi Mfundisi Nzuza and Sam Baloyi faced charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, failure to take reasonable precautions to avoid danger, and negligent use of a firearm. Both were out on bail. As part of the agreement, Nzuza and Baloyi would undergo retraining on the handling and use of firearms, their lawyer Tuelo Thomas told the Mail and Guardian.

The officers allegedly shot at the award-winning musician's car when he failed to stop at a roadblock they had set up at a petrol station on the N1 in Midrand on October 28. Chana was wounded in the hand and back.

At the time of the shooting, police were searching for a group of men who had kidnapped a Bedfordview businessman. The ransom money was to have been left at the petrol station. The officers apparently mistook Chana's car for that of the kidnappers.

A police officer has since been arrested and charged with the kidnapping.

The defence team and the State representatives would address media later outside court.

“I am happy I got my apology and commend everyone that made this possible ... this was a huge interruption in my life and it gave me nightmares,” he told the Mail and Guardian.

“I think I can start having fun again, make hit songs and raise my daughter.”

He said not all police officers are bad. “I commend all the good officers out there who are serving communities and doing a good job.”

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