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Orlando Pirates have issued an official statement regarding the assault case against star player Thembinkosi Lorch. Lorch was convicted on charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The Bafana Bafana star was arrested in September 2020 but was later released on R2000 bail.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the PSL giants revealed that they are aware of the case and have taken measures to address the issue.

ORLANDO PIRATES OFFICIAL STATEMENT

“Orlando Pirates Football Club notes the decision handed down by the Randburg Magistrate Court regarding Thembinkosi Lorch on Tuesday,” the club said.

“As a Club, we reiterate our stance against violence perpetrated against women and children. 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. 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.
 Orlando Pirates respond to Thembinkosi Lorch assault case
Thembinkosi Lorch

THEMBINKOSI ATTEND ANGER MANAGEMENT AFTER ASSAULT

  1. 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 in any similar incident or an incident involving violence. We are confident that the anger management therapy was an appropriate corrective measure.
  2. 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.”
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