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Johannesburg - Harsh action should be taken against police officers involved in the shooting of award winning musician Khuli Chana, the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Monday.
"EFF calls on the SA Police Service to give a public apology and immediately take harsh action on the police involved," spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.
Chana, whose real name is Khulane Morule, was mistakenly shot and wounded by police on Monday at the Caltex garage along the N1 highway in Midrand.
"This incident is one of many where police, because of their aggressive posture to policing characterised by the 'shoot to kill' principle, have made mistakes putting the lives of innocent civilians in danger."
The Democratic Alliance said the "shoot to kill mentality" by the police was unacceptable.
"While it is understood that police have to endure challenging and dangerous situations daily, it is vital that they are equipped with proper training and must be taught alternative methods to apprehend suspects," said spokeswoman Dianne Kohler-Barnard.
Gauteng police spokesman Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said police from Bedfordview had mistaken Chana's luxury sedan to be that of a kidnapper who was being tracked.
Police tried to stop the vehicle, but it drove away at high speed and several shots were fired, he said.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said it had launched an investigation into matter.
Chana has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home. - Sapa