(AllHipHop News) Award winning South African Hip Hop artist Khuli Chana was shot by local police in a Johannesburg suburb Monday morning after authorities mistook the performer for a kidnapping suspect. Chana, whose real name is Khulane Morule, stopped at a gas station to fill up his car before traveling to a performance in Pretoria. It just happens that the station he chose to use was the same one selected as the site for a ransom drop off.
Police on the scene were informed to look out for a grey BMW as the kidnapper’s car. Chana was driving a blue BMW at the time. After failing to stop at an unmarked police barricade, the rapper’s vehicle was hit when officers fired six “warning shots.” Chana was struck in the finger and back. The new father is currently recovering at home after being discharged from the hospital.
“The reality of the matter is this is police brutality,” said Refiloe Ramogase, Chana’s manager. “The police need to be more circumspect when they decide to use lethal force.”
The real kidnapper is reportedly in custody and the victim was released. The incident is under investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.
Chana took home three trophies at the South African Music Awards in May including Album of the Year for Lost in Time. It was the first time a Hip Hop artist won the coveted award in its 19 year history.
Watch the SABC report on the shooting in the video below.