Award-winning South African hip-hop star Khuli Chana was recovering at home yesterday after having been shot by police in an apparent case of mistaken identity during the hunt for a kidnapper.
The shooting has prompted renewed concern over the perceived 'shoot first, ask questions later' stance of South Africa's cops. In fact, the official records of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) shows that the number of these incidents has been falling over the past few years, but there's no doubt that there's an ongoing problem that does little to engender public trust in South Africa's already compromised police force.
In July this year, 22 year-old Moeketsi Mafube was driving a silver Tazz in Sasolburg at around 2am when patrolling police ordered him to pull over the car, using their siren. It is alleged that Mafube duly stopped his car.
However, after police parked behind him and approached his car on foot he drove off. Police called for back-up and a chase reportedly ensued, with six police officers shooting at Mafube. He lost control of his vehicle near Sebokeng and died. When IPID investigators arrived at the scene, they found that Mafube had suffered shots to the...