Teeth polisher: old Boxer acquitted

2013-05-30 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former heavyweight world boxing champion Gerrie Coetzee gave the Dental Council a knockout blow yesterday.

Magistrate Moegamad Esau acquitted Coetzee on a charge of working as a dental technician while his registration was not up to date. Coetzee (58), who was found polishing his wife’s teeth, said he was relieved “and released from unecessary prosecution”. He registered as a dental technician 1975 and had to register again in 2009. In the interim his original certificate was lost.

Johannes Nkambule, the registrar in 2010, told the court there had been a problem with the application: “His diploma wasn’t attached to the application form”.

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