Muldersdrift shooting: Victim still fighting for his life

Len Cloete is currently fighting for his life after he was shot in the head following a clash with police at a lodge in Muldersdrift on 13 November.

 Cloete checked in at Misty Hills lodge on Saturday, said a Misty Hills Lodge staff member who refused to be named.

“He was refused access to the premises because he had a firearm with him,” the staff member said. “He had an argument with some staff members. He decided to leave, but he was back a few minutes later. This time around he had no firearm in his possession. He was then allocated a room.”

Sensing danger, the reports say, staff members requested Cloete to leave the premises, stating that he would be refunded. However, he refused to leave, argued with the staff and became aggressive.

A staff member then called the police to the lodge. Graphic video footage shows the man fetching a gun and cocking it during a heated argument with police officers.

The video also shows him trying to disarm a policewoman, swearing at the other officers, insulting them and continuously daring them to shoot him. One of the policemen shot Cloete in the head and police took him to hospital under guard.

In a post on Facebook over the weekend, the man's wife wrote, "My husband is fighting for his life. My heart is completely broken."

"Lord, please let him live,” she wrote in another post on Sunday.

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