Orlando Pirates have released a statement after reports emerged that star player Thembinkosi Lorch had been arrested in the early hours of Monday at the Midrand Police Station in relation to Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
Lorch is the player in question as confirmed by the club with multiple reports stating that the 27-year-old physically assaulted his girlfriend following a verbal altercation.
The complainant reportedly opened a case of assault and the matter is now in the hands of the authorities with Pirates indicating that they are “aware of an alleged incident involving Lorch”.
The Soweto giants recently suspended Lorch after he was found guilty of breaking the team’s protocol in the PSL Bio-Bubble but the player rejoined the club before the end of the season.
“As a club we cannot comment further except to say that we condemn all forms of violence, especially violence against women and children. We support the rights of each and every individual but we strongly condemn violence,” reads the Pirates statement.
“This country has witnessed some of the most appalling cases of GBV and we do not take this matter lightly, however, we need to respect the process undertaken by the authorities and allow the law to take its course.”
It has also been reported that Lorch was released on R2,000 bail after appearing at the Midrand magistrate’s court on charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The Pirates winger will appear again in court in October.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi