Cops, Chana hug and make up

2014-09-10 14:17
Constables Mduduzi Mfundisi Nzuza and Sam Baloyi in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Constables Mduduzi Mfundisi Nzuza and Sam Baloyi in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The police officers who shot and wounded musician Khuli Chana hugged him and apologised outside the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

The matter was settled out of court, lawyers said.

"Sanity has prevailed. We asked for a public apology and a settlement in October 2013... we had not incurred any expenses then," Chana's lawyer Cliff Alexander told reporters.

"Now we're receiving what we asked for and are happy with the outcome."

Alexander would not disclose the settlement amount.

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.

Mistaken identity

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 award-winning musician, whose real name is Khulane Morule said he was happy the matter was over.

"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 said.

"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."

Businessman kidnapped

The officers 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 28 October. 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.

As part of the agreement, Nzuza and Baloyi would undergo retraining on the handling and use of firearms, their lawyer Tuelo Thomas said.

Read more on:    police  |  khuli chana  |  johannesburg  |  police brutality  |  crime

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