Steve Lekoelea weighs in on Thembinkosi Lorch leaving Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch. Photo: Orlando Pirates FC

‘A whole superstar?’: Lorch’s salary at Orlando Pirates shocks fans

Football fans are finding it hard to believe Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch’s salary which was revealed by his lawyer in court.

Steve Lekoelea weighs in on Thembinkosi Lorch leaving Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch. Photo: Orlando Pirates FC

Orlando Pirates fans and football supporters as a whole were left gobsmacked when it was revealed how much midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch earns.

This comes after the Bucs star appeared before the Randburg Magistrate’s Court last week where Magistrate Mkhasibe asked his lawyer, Pierre de Kock, to reveal personal information about him.

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The 30-year-old Pirates player is awaiting his sentence following a guilty verdict in June this year for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala. The incident took place in September 2020 when they were still together.

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In a bid for a lighter sentence, De Kock disclosed that Lorch earns roughly R50 000. He also revealed the award-winning soccer star’s dependants i.e. his siblings and two children who are eight and three years old.

“As a soccer player, his salary fluctuates, and his salary is roughly R50 000. He has to send money to his first child who lives with their mother in Qwa-Qwa, and he lives with his other child. My client will appreciate a suspended sentence,” De Kock told the court.

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Lorch’s salary reveal has come as a shock to football fans on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) as many were under the impression that the player earns much more.


According to TimesLIVE, Mathithibala laid bare her relationship with Lorch in a victim impact statement.

The fitness enthusiast told the court that they started their romance in 2018 and moved in together in the same year.

“In October 2019, he bought a town house in Midrand as his income was increased at Orlando Pirates. She lent him R150k which he paid towards the house the same month they moved in,” read the statement.

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In 2020, according to Mathithibala, they decided to start their own family and she fell pregnant but experienced a miscarriage.

Their relationship changed for the worst when Lorch allegedly started to have trust issues and would accuse Mathithibala of cheating.

“The accused would send her text messages informing her that he feared he would kill himself.”

Speaking about the assault incident, she alleged that he had physically abused her twice before but she did not report him because she was protecting his image and career.

“On arrival, an argument ensued and Lorch became violent towards her, and accused her of cheating.

“He pushed her and she fell on the pavement. She had natural hair and he pulled her by it. She screamed for help. His friend came to her rescue.

“He didn’t show mercy and was proud, telling her to call the police.”

The case was postponed to 21 November as the judge needs more time to look into the matter.