South African Tswana Hip-hop artist Khuli Chana was shot early hours of Monday morning while driving out of New Road Caltex filling station in Midrand, Gauteng province of South Africa, in a case of mistaken identity, after a kidnapping was reported to the SA Police Service.
In a telephone interview with Yarona FM’s Mojo in the Morning the same morning, Khuli Chana’s manager Refiloe Ramogase said that Khuli had stopped by the garage to meet his Dj and get some coffee en-route to a gig in Pretoria.
“As he drove out of the filling station, two unmarked cars came facing oncoming traffic and as he tried to drive around one vehicle, 6 shots were fired at his car, 3 of which went through the driver’s side window. Khuli lost control of his car and swerved off the high way, crashing onto a tree, “ said Ramogase. Giving Khuli’s side of the story of events, he says the rapper says there was no warning from the cops signalling him to stop. Khuli was alone in his BMW.
Ramogase says Khuli was hit on his right middle finger and the second injury was sustained on his back resulting from one of the bullets hitting the back of his seat fragmenting and the shrapnel penetrating his back.
He says the injuries were minor and the artist is recovering well adding that, “These guys shot with the intention to kill. There is a big chance that one of the bullets could have hit him on the head.”
Ramogase says they have involved legal services and will be pressing both criminal and civil charges against the cops, citing attempted murder.
On E News Africa news channel, the Spokesperson of the SAPS says that they have opened a case of attempted murder against the involved cops while further investigation proceeds.
Asking Ramogase if Khuli Chana will be able to make it for the event he’s booked to perform at in Botswana some time this month (November), he says that Khuli will most probably make it to the gig since his injuries were not fatal, “but we will take guidance from the doctor. We will communicate with the promoter should there be any changes.”