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 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


  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.”

Orlando Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court, Gauteng on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, Fundiswa Mathithibala. The incident took place at his residence in Midrand in September 2020.

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Lorch was also released on an R2 000 bail. But on Tuesday, the Bafana Bafana star was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Thembinkosi Lorch of  Orlando Pirates has been found guilty of assault
Thembinkosi Lorch

Mathithibala testified that she was visiting Lorch when he left her at his home to go out with his friend. She told the court that when she saw it was getting late, she texted him to return her car keys.


On arrival, an argument ensued and the player also became violent towards her and strangled her.

“Thembinkosi Lorch has been found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The case relates to a complaint laid with Midrand Police by his girlfriend in September 2020. The case was postponed to 28 July 2023, for sentencing proceedings,” said NPA Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.

By Khotso Ramalatswa

The Orlando Pirates’ Medical Team has provided an injury update on Thembinkosi Lorch and Tapelo Xoki along with several other squad members.

Both Lorch and Xoki sat out the Buccaneers’ 2-1 league win at home to Cape Town City over the weekend. Xoki has not recovered in time for the clash after picking up a knock deep inside extra time during the marathon cup encounter against Dondol Stars in Polokwane.

Lorch on the other hand was not considered for selection. This follows a minor knock picked up in the build-up to the fixture at Orlando Stadium.


According to the medical team, Xoki is likely to be fit for selection ahead of Sunday’s league game away to TS Galaxy. He returned to full training after suffering a head injury.

Lorch remains a doubtful starter for the clash in Mbombela and continues to be monitored. He picked up a knock to his hip.

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Four more First Team players have recently been discharged from the injury list. They are back training fully with their teammates.

Right-backs Bandile Shandu and Craig Martin are back to provide more depth in defence after recovering from illness and a slight knock, respectively. Both have recently resumed full training along with goalkeeper Richard Ofori and striker Bienvenu Eva Nga.

Orlando Pirates’ Medical Team has provided an injury update on Thembinkosi Lorch and Tapelo Xoki
Orlando Pirates’ Medical Team has provided an injury update on Thembinkosi Lorch and Tapelo Xoki

Meanwhile, Vincent Pule and striker Ndumiso Mabena are expected to be back at full training during the course of the week. Both players were sidelined by knee injuries.

Also on the mend is midfielder Goodman Mosele, who has started light training. But remains under rehab, while defender Olisa Ndah is still sidelined with a knee injury.

Pirates are currently third in the DStv Premiership standings. They could jump up to second should they defeat Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 15:00.

Orlando Pirates thumped Stellenbosch FC 4-1 at Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon to move to fourth position on the DStv Premiership log. It was the Buccaneers’ second league victory in a row for the first time this season.

Pirates proved too strong for Stellies as they took control of the game, as early as they opened the scoring in the seventh minute through Thabang Monare. Innocent Maela doubled their lead in the 22nd minute of the game, slotting from an open net.

The Buccaneers continued to pile the pressure on Stellenbosch FC in the second half of the game and eventually, Kermit Erasmus found the third goal Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo wrapped up the match in the 63rd minute to give the Sea Robbers a well-deserved win.


Meanwhile, Steve Barker’s charges managed only one attempt at goals through the entire 90 minutes which came from Mervin Boji. The consolation goal was his first goal for the Western Cape

However, this was the eighth game without a win for Barker, which puts him under immense pressure going into the next match.


The Buccaneers will breathe a sign of huge relief as they also confirmed the return of their maestro Thembinkosi Lorch. Lorch was out for a couple of months through an injury. Richard Ofori and Olisa Ndah were also reported back to training after they recovered from their respective injuries.

Thembinkosi Lorch back in training for Buccaneers
Thembinkosi Lorch back in training for Buccaneers

Pirates will face Marumo Gallants this Saturday, 28 January at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. The match starts at 20:00.


Friday, 20 January

Cape Town City 1-0 TS Galaxy

Sekhukhune United 1-0 Swallows FC

Saturday, 21 January

Royal AM 1-1 Chippa United

Golden Arrows 0-1 Maritzburg United

AmaZulu FC 1-1 Marumo Gallants

Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Sunday, 22 January

Orlando Pirates 4-1 Stellenbosch FC

SuperSport United 1-1 Richards Bay

By Sebastian Meso