Khuli Chana case: Cops get court date

The two officers allegedly shot and wounded Khuli Chana at a petrol station in October.

Hip hop star Khuli Chana's car after it was shot at by police officers on 28 October. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG -Two police officers who have been charged with attempted murder in relation to the shooting of hip hop star Khuli Chana are expected to appear in court in February.

The two officers allegedly shot and wounded Chana at a filling station in Midrand on 28 October.

The pair were in pursuit of kidnappers who happened to be driving the same car as Chana's on the night of the incident.

The police claimed they merely fired warning shots, but the rapper, whose real name is Khulane Morule, sustained injuries to his hand and back.

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

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate confirmed yesterday that the officers were charged with attempted murder.

The officers will appear in the Randburg Magistrates Court on 18 February.

Meanwhile, Morule's legal representative, Mannie Witz, says this could have been a case of mistaken identity.

"They obviously didn't know who he was and were entitled in terms of Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act to use deadly force if and when it is deemed necessary."

The police had initially said they would charge Morule with attempted murder for allegedly trying to drive over a police officer to resist arrest, but the charges haven't stuck.

EVENTS LEADING UP TO SHOOTING

The saga began when a wealthy Tanzanian businessman was kidnapped from his Bedfordview home.

Police managed to secure his release, but were still tracking down one of the suspects.

They were waiting in an unmarked vehicle for a BMW to exit the New Road turnoff when Morule was spotted driving the same car.

It also later emerged that one of the kidnappers police were chasing is in fact a police officer from the Silverton Police Station.