Cape Town – The man who was shot in the head by a police officer during an altercation at a hotel in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg in November last year, has reportedly started rehabilitation.
This comes after reports indicated last month that Len Cloete, 59, had regained his consciousness.
IOL reported on Thursday that he was now able to recognise his wife and “has kissed her”.
“He is much, much better. He has been placed into a rehabilitation facility. His eyes are open and showing proper identification with his eyes. He recognises his wife, he kisses her,” the report quoted Mike Bolhuis of Specialised Security Services – a private investigation company – as saying.
The company was appointed by Cloete’s family and has been providing updates about his health.
Cloete was a guest at Misty Hills Country Hotel when he got into an altercation with staff, and the police were called in to calm the situation.
A video that went viral on social media showed a half-naked Cloete, arguing with the police until he was shot at close range.
He was rushed to hospital, where he remained in a coma under police guard for several weeks.
But Bolhuis said he was now “strong”.
“He is rapidly getting better. We see it as a miracle and we are extremely thankful for the medical practitioners and their involvement … and the hospital,” Bolhuis said, according to Times Live.