For immediate release:
Press Release – Multiple award winning Hip Hop artist, Khuli Chana, survives police shooting incident
Johannesburg, Monday, 28 October 2013 – This press statement serves to confirm that South African multiple award winning Hip Hop artist, Khulani Morule, more affectionately known by his stage name, Khuli Chana, was indeed shot at by police officials in the early hours of this morning, Monday, 28 October 2013, in Midrand, Johannesburg.
Khuli Chana sustained injuries to his right hand (middle and ring finger) via direct bullet wound, as well as to his back, predominantly on his left side, via shrapnel. Khuli Chana’s medical report will be made public once received.
The current bullet count on the blue BMW 1 series vehicle that Khuli Chana was driving is seven (7). All seven (7) were shot from the passenger side. Khuli Chana was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. A private forensic ballistic report is currently being conducted and will be made public once received.
Khuli Chana left his home in the West Rand Johannesburg and was heading to a performance in Pretoria, where he stopped at the Caltex garage on New Road in Midrand, initially to meet up with his DJ, Raiko, to continue the journey together. Raiko then alerted Khuli Chana that he was running late and Khuli Chana decided that it was best that they then meet up at the venue in Pretoria. Before leaving the garage, Khuli Chana went into the garage shop to buy a cup of coffee. On departure out of the garage, Khuli Chana noticed an unmarked vehicle with headlights on, faced in the direction of the oncoming traffic. Two vehicles ahead of Khuli Chana made their way around the vehicle. Khuli Chana proceeded to do the same.
There was no road block, or an attempt to stop Khuli Chana. Neither was any warning given before Khuli Chana heard the gun shots, which he describes to have sounded like a lot of fire crackers. His vehicle was struck by rounds as was he. His vehicle eventually went off the embankment and landed in a ditch.
Khuli Chana’s physical injuries were minor considering the amount of shots fired at him. He is currently in a state of shock and is trying to process the matter which he initially thought must have been a hi-jacking as gun shots were coming out of an unmarked vehicle, with no blue lights or any initial indication that police were involved. Khuli Chana has been discharged from hospital. His next doctor’s appointment will be in a week’s time. In the interim, Khuli Chana will be seeking psychological consult, to deal with the traumatic event he experienced this morning.
It is unfortunate that it takes incidences with high profile individuals like Khuli Chana, to bring to light the fatal police errors like the one that was made today. His management has made it clear that all the right legal process will be followed to bring the case to justice, not just for Khuli Chana, but for the many victims that fall prey to police brutality. It has been confirmed that a case of attempted murder has been opened by the police. Khuli Chana is in the process of taking legal action against the SAPS.
We endeavour to keep the public and Khuli Chana fans abreast with all the findings and information that comes through. Khuli Chana is very grateful for all the well wishes he has been receiving and for the support of his family, management and friends. Khuli Chana will unfortunately have to withdraw from all his upcoming performances this week, and until further clearance from his doctor.
“We condemn in the strongest terms any & every indiscriminate attack of violence on our civilian population by those entrusted to uphold the constitution and law and order. We have consistently shouted this point of view. VIOLENCE begets VIOLENCE. Violence and force is all too often the first option applied and this has to change. Whilst we fully acknowledge the difficulties faced in executing their duties, our Police must be given access to the best training programs strategies & methods in the world. The enormous stress on our officers is not being dealt with by our leadership hence the high rate of suicides in the ranks of the SAPS. This shoot to kill concept is dangerously misrepresented and indeed misinterpreted by many on the ground” expresses Gavin Koppel, SHOUT SA Chairman.