New twist in Khuli Chana shooting
They allege that during the manhunt, police spotted a vehicle in Midrand, similar to that used by the kidnappers which sped off. Shots were fired and the driver Chana was wounded. Police had mistaken him for a kidnapper.
The police officers concerned have been charged with attempted murder and police watchdog. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is also investigating.
In the kidnapping case, police say the Hawks followed up on information and arrested the detective, who was found in possession of a fake police appointment certificate and unlicensed firearm.
Meanwhile, African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson on Police in Parliament, Annelize van Wyk, says investigators must look at where police were shooting, when multi-award winning hip-hop star Khuli Chana was wounded Monday morning in Midrand.
Van Wyk, who is also Parliament's Police Committee Chairperson, has commended Gauteng Police Management for laying attempted murder charges against their own officers.
The Democratic Alliance and other parties have said such conduct by police is unacceptable.
It should not have happened
“It cannot be okay and we want to welcome the fact that police have opened cases against the police officers. It's a sad incident. It should not have happened but it does not justify for people to go out and score cheap political point.”
Van Wyk says the ANC in parliament wants to condemn the incident very strongly and it’s wishing Chana a speedy recovery.
Police spokesperson, Lungelo Dlamini says: “Police were investigating a kidnapping case. While one of the suspects was arrested in the garage, other members of the police were coming to the garage when they saw a car which is similar to the one of the kidnappers. They tried to stop the car, it drove away. They followed the car and fired two shots and the driver lost control.”
Chana has been discharged from hospital after being shot and wounded at a petrol station.
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