Four probes of Khuli shoot­ing

Sunday World - - News - MZWANDILE kaBIZOKWAKHE

THE mys­tery sur­round­ing CCTV footage that sup­pos­edly cap­tured Khuli Chana speed­ing up as a uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cer tried to stop him has deep­ened.

Mean­while, the two of­fi­cers who shot at the hip-hop star might be sus­pended.

In­tel­li­gence sources have told Sun­day World that there are four in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the shoot­ing, two of which are in­ter­nal and driven from po­lice head of­fice.

“None has the footage show­ing the in­ci­dent it­self,” the source said. “Footage avail­able at this stage only ends with the two cars pulling out of the garage.

“Two of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions haven ’ t even started.”

Gaut­eng po­lice spokesman Bri­gadier Neville Malila said the CCTV footage was part of the ev­i­dence that will be pre­sented in court.

“It is there­fore sub ju­dice and the con­tent thereof will not be di­vulged to the me­dia,” he said. “It will be pre­sented to the of­fice of the di­rec­tor of pub­lic prose­cu­tions with the case docket af­ter the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion for a de­ci­sion.”

Cliff Alexan­der, Chana’s lawyer, said he had viewed the footage.

“Such footage does not de­pict Khuli Chana ei­ther speed­ing or at­tempt­ing to drive over po­lice of­fi­cials,” he said.

Alexan­der de­clined to com­ment on the po­lice’s in­ter­nal probe, say­ing it had not been brought to his at­ten­tion.

Chana ’ s pub­li­cist, Sheila Afari, said: “Nine gigs have been missed to date and two po­ten­tial en­dorse­ment deals are in jeop­ardy due to the false and harm­ful ac­cu­sa­tions that came af­ter the shoot­ing in­ci­dent.”

Sun­day World vis­ited the Midrand filling sta­tion near where Chana was shot and spoke to a su­per­vi­sor who pointed out that their CCTV cam­eras were trained on the petrol pumps around the fore­court.

“You can only see what hap­pens within this area,” he said.

“The scene of the shoot­ing is about 500m from the filling sta­tion.”

The only cam­era that could have cap­tured the in­ci­dent stands across the high­way al­most 100m away – it is op­er­ated by the South African Na­tional Roads Agency Limited.

San­ral spokesman Vusi Mona said the agency did not wish to com­ment.

Sun­day World un­der­stands that on Wednes­day na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Riah Phiyega or­dered an in­ter­nal in­quiry to deter­mine if those who shot Chana should be sus­pended.

“This is still at the pre­lim­i­nary stage,” said a source privy to Phiyega’s in­struc­tion.

Her spokesman, Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Solomon Mak­gale, was not avail­able to con­firm this.

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