Khuli Chana now faces attempted murder case
POLICE have confirmed that they have charged rapper Khuli Chana with attempted murder.
The musician’s car was shot at several times by police in Midrand in the early hours of Monday morning.
The incident sent shockwaves throughout the music industry and outraged the public.
Police had claimed Chana had failed to stop when flagged down by officers. It has since emerged that police mistook his car for that of a suspect in a kidnapping case.
Chana has denied ignoring police and his management have also denied rumours that the reason he failed to stop for police was because he was in possession of drugs.
Chana ’ s manager Refiloe Ramogase said: “There were no drugs in Khuli’s car or on his person.
“The police on scene did not find any illegal substances in his car or on his person. Moreover, his medical report [for blood tests] clearly states that there was no evidence of alcohol or other [illegal] substances.
“This is obviously yet another attempt to deflect attention from the true events of that evening during which a South African citizen was unlawfully shot at during a botched SAPS operation.
“But are the police saying they would allow someone on whom they have found drugs or who tried to kill them to just walk away?”
Chana ’ s publicist, Sheila Afari, said the rapper was at the garage at that hour of the night because he was going to perform at a club in Pretoria at 1am.
Gauteng police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila confirmed an attempted murder case against Chana had been opened and that no drugs were found.
A witness at the scene at the Caltex filling station along the N1 in Midrand told Sunday World that Chana ’ s BMW 1-series arrived just before midnight.
The driver, whom he did not recognise, got out, walked to the coffee shop and returned with a cup of coffee.
He didn’t immediately get back into his car, according to the witness, instead he stood next to it while texting on his cellphone.
“A Caravelle then arrived, later followed by a Chevrolet sedan,” he said. “The two occupants of the Caravelle used the toilet; they didn’t go to the petrol pump.
“The Caravelle left first, followed by the BMW – about 200m apart.
“Then I heard gunfire but I could not see who was firing but I did hear the screeching of tyres followed by a thud that didn’t sound like two cars colliding.”
The witness did not wish to be identified after he said he’d heard that the Lebanese mafia may have been involved.
Sunday World has traced the events that culminated in this incident to a robbery in Bedfordview on Sunday.
Four men burst into the home of businessman Ali Khatib Haji and his wife Naomi disguised as policemen.
They handcuffed him, then ransacked his home stealing an unspecified number of Rolex watches, jewellery and his BMW 5- series, in which they bundled him and drove off. Both were unharmed.
The robbers allegedly forced Haji to call his two business partners, known only as Brian and Mohammed, for a ransom.
“They first demanded R100 000, then R500 000 but the businessmen negotiated them down to R200 000,” the police source said.
The two men called the Bedfordview police, and officers went with them to the Caltex garage where the exchange was supposed to take place. Two officers lay on the floor between the seats of the Caravelle and some more officers followed in the Chevrolet.
The plan was for the businessmen to collect Haji’s car keys from the toilet and leave the ransom there.
When Chana started driving off in his BMW, the police allegedly became suspicious, thinking he was with the robbers who were demanding ransom for Haji, and that is apparently how the rapper ended up getting shot at.
Haji was released on Monday.
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