The trig­ger to a life change

CityPress - - News - NTOMBI­ZODWA MAKHOBA ntombi­zodwa@city­press.co.za

Since watch­ing Khuli Chana’s new doc­u­men­tary, Pick­ing Up The Pieces: The Khuli Chana Story, I’ve learnt not to take life for granted. Most im­por­tantly, I must live every day as if it’s my last day on earth. Who would have thought that the rap­per would have sur­vived be­ing shot at nine times by po­lice af­ter be­ing mis­taken for a crim­i­nal in Oc­to­ber 2013?

I’ve read sto­ries be­fore about Chana’s shoot­ing, but when I heard him shar­ing his story in the doc­u­men­tary this week, I couldn’t stop the tears from stream­ing down my face. Just think, an in­no­cent man could have lost his life be­cause he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I was happy that, in the end, Chana found some jus­tice. He reached a set­tle­ment with the po­lice of just more than R2 mil­lion, but what hap­pened to him could have hap­pened to any of us.

Thurs­day’s doc­u­men­tary screen­ing started as a bit of a damp squib, with an open­ing scene that didn’t show us the drama of what hap­pened.

The event it­self was also lack­lus­tre – with no celebs, no red car­pet, and only pop­corn for snacks – not even any soft drinks. Chana said he did this in­ten­tion­ally – a glitzy pre­miere will be held at a later date.

In­stead of a hail of bul­lets, the doc­u­men­tary be­gins when his mu­sic ca­reer started to take off. It then deals with his re­la­tion­ship with his lit­tle daugh­ter, and only then does he tell his story about how he was shot.

He also shares how his life had changed af­ter the shoot­ing; how he had been af­flicted by night­mares and para­noia.

The film was pro­duced by Chana’s life part­ner, Asanda Maku.

She said both of them came up with the idea of the film. They sat down last year and dis­cussed how they were go­ing to present it to the public.

Maku said when Chana called her on the night of the shoot­ing, she thought the world was end­ing. “Our daugh­ter Nia was only three months old then. I just got dressed, I was in a track­suit with py­ja­mas un­der­neath. I just got into the car,” she said.

She said that the more they spoke about the shoot­ing, the more her part­ner healed.

Asked what in­spired the doc­u­men­tary’s ti­tle, Chana said: “The ti­tle is in­spired by things I’ve been through in life. Things can re­ally get bad and you’ll rather pick up the pieces. This re­minds me that I’ve been through so much and now I’m pick­ing up the pieces.”

He added: “This doc­cie was part of my heal­ing process. I have for­given, but I’m learn­ing to for­get.”

PHOTO: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

Khuli Chana and his part­ner, Asanda Maku

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