Two cops arrested for Khuli Chana shooting

The popular rapper was wounded twice after allegedly being mistaken for a kidnapping suspect.

South African musician Khuli Chana. Picture: Official Khuli Chana Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Police watchdog the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (IPID) says two Gauteng policemen have been charged in relation to the shooting of hip-hop musician Khuli Chana in October.

Chana, whose real name is Khulane Morule, was shot and wounded by police in Midrand when his car was allegedly mistaken for that of a pair of kidnapping suspects.

The police claimed they merely fired warning shots, but the rapper sustained injuries to his hand and back.

He said he was shot at without any warning and that the police were shooting to kill.

The kidnapping victim was a wealthy Bedfordview businessman and it emerged one of the suspects was himself a policeman from the Silverton police station in Centurion.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini says they are investigating and it's been recommended that the two policemen be charged with attempted murder.

He says the Director of Public Prosecutions agrees with this recommendation.

The two cops are expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on 18 February.

Police initially planned to charge Chana with attempted murder, claiming he tried to drive over a police officer, believing he may also have been involved in the kidnapping itself.

But Chana's legal team hit back, saying he'd consider suing police for malicious prosecution if they continued.