A police officer shot a father of two in the head after an altercation at a lodge in Muldersdrift.
HE WAS SHOT IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE
Len Cloete is currently in hospital in a coma fighting for his life. His wife Chantel posted the following photo:
“My husband is fighting for his life. My heart is completely broken. Taking day by day. We miss you! Your kids are waiting for you. Please fight my husband. I cannot lose you, not like this. Everyone, please pray for a miracle. He was shot and is currently in a coma. We love you, my angel, my man, my everything. Please come back to us,” Chantel said.
It is believed Cloete was shot in front of his wife and friends.
The Cloete couple, along with another couple, arrived at the guesthouse on Friday, November 12. The booked rooms were not ready yet, and the couples went to the restaurant to eat while they waited for their rooms.
WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE SHOOTING?
It is believed an altercation occurred at around 16:00 when the rooms of the couples were still not ready.
According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) spokesperson Grace Langa, the manager of the lodge requested the Cloete to leave, saying the lodge would refund him, but he allegedly refused.
“The security and manager followed him to his room and requested him to leave. He then became more aggressive.
POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE LODGE
“Police officers were called to come and assist, further alleged that when the police arrived, the guest started fighting with the police,” Langa said.
She said, according to their information Cloete took a firearm out of the bed drawer and cocked it, and a bullet fell down.
“It is alleged that Cloete disarmed a police officer of his firearm. The guest was in possession of two firearms when another police officer took out his service pistol and shot that man once on the head,” she said.
WAS THE CORRECT PROTOCOLS FOLLOWED?
Langa said the father of two was taken to the hospital under police guard.
Private investigator Mike Bolhuis’ told the media they are also investigating the shooting.
Bolhuis said their main investigation would be to establish if the correct protocols had been followed during the incident.
Cloete is the father of two young children.