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Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch. Photo: Orlando Pirates FC

‘Delays are deliberate’: X users on Lorch sentencing postponement

Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch’s sentencing has once again been postponed. He was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Steve Lekoelea weighs in on Thembinkosi Lorch leaving Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch. Photo: Orlando Pirates FC

South Africans have reacted after recent developments, or a lack thereof, in Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch’s sentencing.


On Monday, 4 September, the footballer appeared at the Randburg magistrate’s court where State prosecutor, Michelle Hart, informed his legal team that he would have to wait a bit longer to found out his fate.

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Gauteng National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman, Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed the postponement to Zimoja, saying the defense was not yet ready to proceed.

Lorch will make his next court appearance on Monday, 9 October.

This is the second time that the midfielder’sentencing has been postponed.

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In June this year, Lorch was found guilty for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Nokuphiwa Mathithibala in 2020. At the time, he was arrested on 7 September 2020 and granted immediate bail in the amount of R2 000.

According to the details presented in the charge sheet, Mathithibala had visited Lorch at his Midrand residence where he later left her alone and went out with friends.

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Upon arrival, an argument ensued, resulting in the soccer star assaulting and strangling Mathithibala.

According to NPA spokesperson in Gauteng, Phindi Mjonondwane, State prosecutor – Michele Hart – argued that the medical evidence corroborated the evidence of the complainant.

“The accused did not have any injuries which meant that he was the aggressor. The accused and his witness did not create a good impression in court and appeared to be not credible witnesses.”

Thembinkosi Lorch and Nokuphiwa Mathithibala. Images via Instagram @thembinkosi_lorch_3, @phiwa_mathi


“Thembinkosi Lorch was found guilty why the delays ??? … can’t they just give him his sentence???!”

“I can’t help but feel like the Thembinkosi Lorch delays are deliberate… He’s already been found guilty, why can’t they give him his sentence???!” wrote another netizens.

“The Randburg magistrat court once again postponed the sentencing of Orlando Pirates player, Thembinkosi Lorch. You now start questioning the seriousness of this case. It is clear that the court is not prepared and ready for this case,” said another X users.