Khuli Chana Institutes R2.3 million Claim Against Police

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The South African police ministry has confirmed that Minister Nathi Nhleko is facing a lawsuit by hip hop musician Khuli Chana, real name Khulane Morule.

According to The Star newspaper Chana is seeking a total of R2.3 million in three claims related to his case against two police officers accused of shooting the 32 year old Chana at a petrol station.

The officers, Mduduzi Mfundisi Nzuza and Sam Baloyi, allegedly shot at the multi award winning musician’s car when he failed to stop at a roadblock they had set up at Midrand petrol station.


Police had been searching for a group of men accused of kidnapping a Bedfordview businessman at the time of the shooting. The random money was to have been left at the petrol station. It is alleged that the police officers mistook Chana’s car for that of the kidnappers and opened fire when he failed to stop his car. The shooting which took place in October last year resulted in Chana suffering injuries to his hand and back.

According to The Star, Chana’s R1.5 million first claim is for the unlawful shooting which the musician says left him with “permanent scarring and disfigurement”, emotional trauma, psychological stress and shock, future medical expenses, and future loss of earning capacity. The second claim of R516 638 is for “maliciously” claiming he “tried to kill them with his motor vehicle” and instituting an attempted murder case against him. The musician’s final claim of R250 000 is for statements made by a police spokesman accusing Chana of criminal conduct for attempting to kill police. Chana claims these statements both defamed him and caused damage to his reputation.

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