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9 Sep 2014
7:45 am

Khuli Chana cops’ trial resumes

The trial of two police officers accused of shooting at musician Khuli Chana will begin resume in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

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

Mduduzi Mfundisi Nzuza and Sam Baloyi face charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, failure to take reasonable precautions to avoid danger, and negligent use of a firearm. Both are out on bail.

The trial was postponed on Monday when their lawyer, Tuelo Thomas, told the court that senior police officials asked to meet him about the case.

Chana was not present during court proceedings.

Images of Khuli Chana's car from the night of the incident.

Images of Khuli Chana’s car from the night of the incident.

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 last year.

Chana, whose real name is Khulane Morule, was wounded in the hand and back.

At the time, police had been searching for a group of men who kidnapped a Bedfordview, Johannesburg, businessman. The officers allegedly mistook Chana’s luxury sedan for that of the kidnappers.

The ransom money was to have been left at the petrol station. A police officer has since been arrested and charged with the kidnapping.