Following a run-in with the law, Len Cloete is in a ‘serious but stable’ condition in hospital. During the altercation at a guest lodge in Muldersdrift, the popular gym owner got into an argument with SAPS officers, and disarmed one of the cops called to the location. A colleague then shot the suspect in the head, as tensions boiled over.https://234c10306c04d0085eb97cc8c6f7f81f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
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The officer who pulled the trigger is being investigated by IPID. Meanwhile, Len Cloete could soon come out of the coma he entered over the weekend. It’s understood an argument about the room he was staying in prompted hotel staff to call the police, but instead of calming the situation, things got infinitely worse.
Staff also raised concerns when they noticed he had brought his own handgun with him to the premises. But, regardless of how this tragic incident played out, there are other victims to consider here – namely, Len’s children.
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Posting a heartbreaking update to her Facebook page, wife Chantal Cloete revealed how their kids are struggling to cope without their father at home, detailing the emotional toll this incident has had on the family.null
“Esteban is almost two he still has so much to learn from you. He was the apple of your eye, the tip of your heart. But all your children were your life! Boetie is walking around the whole house looking for you. Micaylee cries every night before she falls asleep. Jenny just wants to go swimming with daddy.”Chantal Cloete
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TheSouthAfrican has reached out to Chantal for further comment, but earlier on Tuesday, she acknowledged ‘the love and support‘ that has been shared online, and spoke about the ‘overwhelming’ nature of her situation.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone for your love and support. Your words mean a lot to me and my family. This is a very difficult time. But your love for Len is sincerely appreciated. Love you all very much. I apologize for not being able to get to everyone personally. This is just very overwhelming.”Chantal Cloete