Amanda Watson
News Editor
1 minute read
8 Sep 2014
10:41 am

Khuli Chana case stumbles on first day

Amanda Watson

The attempted murder case against police officers Mduduzi Mfundisi Nzuza and Sam Baloyi for shooting at musician Khuli Chana was postponed in the Randburg Regional Court on Monday.

FILE PICTURE: Accused police officers Mduduzi Nzuza, right, and Sam Baloyi, centre, smile as they leave courtroom 2 in the Randburg Magistrates Court, 30 May 2014, following the postponement of their case. The two stand accused for the attempted murder of hip hop artist Khuli Chana after it was suspected that the vehicle the performer had been traveling in was that of a suspect in a kidnapping case. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Chana’s car was shot several times in October as he was leaving a petrol station on the N1 in Midrand.

Lawyer Tuelo Thomas – for Nzuza and Baloyi – said he had yet to receive instruction from the State Attorney. While he was ready to proceed, he needed to consult with the State Attorney first.

Government is funding the defense because the officers were on duty at the time of the incident.

The officers also face charges of reckless endangerment, failure to take reasonable precautions to avoid danger, and the negligent use of a firearm.

At the time of the incident, police were searching for men who had kidnapped a Bedfordview, Johannesburg, businessman. The ransom money was apparently left in the toilet of the petrol station and Chana’s vehicle was apparently mistaken for that of the kidnappers.

The interior of Khuli Chana's car from the night of the incident.

The interior of Khuli Chana’s car from the night of the incident.

A Bedfordview police officer was arrested for the kidnapping.

Chana was wounded in his hand and back as a result of the shooting.

The case continues tomorrow in Randburg.