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Sapa, Staff Reporter10 Sep 2014 13:50
Rapper Khuli Chana. (Gallo)
The case against police constables, Mduduzi Mfundisi
Nzuza and Sam Baloyi, accused of shooting rapper Khulani Morule, known as Khuli
Chana, was withdrawn on Wednesday morning. The police officers who shot and
wounded Chana hugged him and apologised outside the Randburg magistrate’s
“The NDPP [National Director of Public Prosecutions] received
a letter from the defence and after deliberations decided that the matter be
withdrawn,” said prosecutor Rassie Erasmus from the office of the NDPP.
Nzuza and 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
The two apologised to
Chana outside court.
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.
The matter was settled
out of court, lawyers said.
‘Sanity has prevailed’“Sanity has
prevailed. We asked for a public apology and a settlement in October 2013 ... we
had not incurred any expenses then,” said Chana’s lawyer Cliff Alexander.
receiving what we asked for and are happy with the outcome.”
Alexander would not
disclose the settlement amount, but eNCA reported in February that the
rapper had filed a notice that he would sue the police for R2.7-million.
Chana arrived in court
on Tuesday and listened to proceedings from the public gallery.
At the time of the
shooting, police were searching for a group of men who had kidnapped a
Bedfordview businessperson. The ransom money was to have been left at the petrol
station. The officers apparently mistook Chana’s car for that of the
A police officer has
since been arrested and charged with the kidnapping.
‘I am happy’The musician 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.”
As part of the
agreement, Nzuza and Baloyi would undergo retraining on the handling and use of
firearms, their lawyer Tuelo Thomas said. – Additional reporting by Sapa
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