Boxer Flo Simba, fiancée say police assaulted them

2014-01-07 11:46

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Heavyweight boxer Flo Simba has laid a charge of assault against a group of police officers in Johannesburg who allegedly attacked him and his fiancée.

Simba and Leandra Beyers were assaulted on Sunday near Tulisa Park, south of Johannesburg, The Star reported today.

According to the paper, a police car pulled up behind the pair and officers wanted to search his car for drugs.

“They started pushing me around. I told them ‘I’m not resisting, you can search me, just stop pushing me’,” Simba was quoted as saying.

When the search produced nothing, he said an officer wanted him to take off his pants.

“I told them ‘you can’t do that, you can’t disrespect me’,” he said.

The Black Panther, as he is known in the ring, was then allegedly assaulted. Beyers started writing down the officers’ names and took pictures of the attack.

Simba told the paper that the officers pushed and slapped Beyers. He tried to put himself between her and the attackers, but was handcuffed to a gate and Beyers was pulled away. An officer was “hitting, kicking and punching her all over her face and body”, Simba told the paper.

He suffered head trauma, and Beyers had a broken tooth, a swollen eye and bruises on her body.

Police spokesperson Constable Rebecca Bila said Simba had opened a case of assault against the officers. She also said that the couple was arrested for possession of drugs, for interfering with the police and for assault.

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