Thembinkosi Lorch

Thembinkosi Lorch. Image: Backpagepix

BREAKING: Pirates release revealing statement on Lorch

Pirates have stated that Thembinkosi Lorch will only receive a fine and anger management therapy after being found guilty of assault.

Thembinkosi Lorch

Thembinkosi Lorch. Image: Backpagepix

On Tuesday, Pirates attacker Thembinkosi Lorch was found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala. The case dates back to an incident three years ago when he was accused of having the intent to cause bodily harm by hitting and strangling her.

Pirates have now released the following statement:

Orlando Pirates Football Club notes the decision handed down by the Randburg Magistrate Court regarding Mr Thembinkosi Lorch on Tuesday.

As a Club we reiterate our stance against violence perpetrated against women and children and as a result when this matter came to light in 2020, the club carried out its own investigation: 

1. Following our internal investigations, the Club charged Mr Lorch with serious misconduct. He pleaded guilty to the charge and the Club imposed a sanction of a monetary fine and ordered him to undergo anger management therapy.

2. Mr Lorch also informed the Club that he had instructed attorneys to assist him with the criminal charges against him and they intended to approach the Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”) to make representations regarding the charges against him so that he could go through a diversion programme. He further advised that he was attending therapy with Dr. Nomsa Nkuna-Boikanyo as part of his rehabilitation. The Club approved that he completes therapy with Dr Nkuna-Boikanyo instead of running a parallel process organised by the Club.

3. Mr Lorch informed us that he attended the anger management therapy and completed the prescribed number of sessions. Since then, Mr Lorch has not been involved any similar incident or an incident involving violence. We are confident that the anger management therapy were an appropriate corrective measure.

4. However, Mr Lorch’s representations to the DPP were not successful and the criminal proceedings continued. Today, 6 June 2023, Mr Lorch was found guilty of assault (gender-based violence) and will be sentenced in due course. We currently do not have the full details of the conviction and the sentencing date and have requested Mr Lorch to provide these details.

Orlando Pirates Football Club will not make any further comment until this process is complete.

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In September 2020, Mathithibala decided to open a case against Lorch, who was arrested and later released on bail of R2,000.

After delays in the case, the 29-year-old was found guilty of the offense by the Randburg Magistrate’s court this week. Sentencing will take place on 28 July.

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What was said in court about the player?

“Mathithibala saw that it was getting late and messaged him to return her car keys,” the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said as quoted by the Sunday World. “On arrival, an argument ensued and Lorch became violent towards her and started to strangle her, and beat her whilst pulling her up and down. She called for help and his friend came to her rescue.”

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Michele Hart, the State’s Prosecutor, also stated: “The accused, [Lorch], 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.”

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