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.
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.