Doc­cie helps ‘bit­ter’ Khuli Chana heal

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Rap­per Khuli Chana be­came mis­er­able and bit­ter af­ter be­ing shot by po­lice more than two years ago. A new doc­u­men­tary, ti­tled Pick­ing up the Pieces: The Khuli Chana Story, has helped him heal.

Re­al­is­ing that “a lot of peo­ple still don’t know ex­actly what hap­pened on Oc­to­ber 28 2013” prompted the mak­ing of the doc­cie. And, if it is well re­ceived, it may even be­come a film.

Chana was shot at by po­lice of­fi­cers with an au­to­matic ri­fle when they pur­sued the mu­si­cian in a case of mis­taken iden­tity. He sus­tained mi­nor in­juries af­ter the in­ci­dent.

“It was a hideous time of my life,” Chana (born Khu­lane Morule) told City Press this week.

The doc­u­men­tary wasn’t easy for him to make. He de­scribed it as “emo­tion­ally drain­ing”, but ther­a­peu­tic. It was also hard for him to for­give be­cause, at some point, the po­lice wanted to charge him with at­tempted mur­der.

Morule paused be­fore con­tin­u­ing: “This made me bit­ter and things got tougher be­cause of it. Meet­ing peo­ple who had gone through sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences has been part of the heal­ing process.

“But their sto­ries were never told be­cause they weren’t in the pub­lic eye like me ... I’m their mouth­piece,” he said.

Morule has now put the past be­hind him. Ear­lier this month, he reached a set­tle­ment of an undis­closed amount with the po­lice.

“I’m re­lieved and I’m happy that it’s fi­nally over, and I’m grate­ful that I sur­vived.”

The Khuli Chana Story will be screened on Wed­nes­day at the Mall of Africa.

Ntombizodwa Makhoba –

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