Orlando Pirates launches probe into Lorch domestic abuse claims


Orlando Pirates says it is launching an investigation into allegations of domestic abuse levelled against midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch.

The 27-year-old was arrested on Monday morning after his girlfriend Nokhupiwa Mathithibala opened a case of assault, claiming he had slapped and strangled her on Sunday.

Orlando Pirates investigates domestic abuse claims 

The player was released on R2 000 bail later on the day of his arrest.

His club said it condemns violence against women and children and, on Tuesday, revealed that it has launched a probe into the matter, which will commence with immediate effect.

“This is in line with the Club’s Code of Conduct and Pledge that all Orlando Pirates employees including players are signatories to,” a statement published in the official Orlando Pirates website reads.

“The Orlando Pirates Code of Conduct and specific Pledge against violence perpetrated against Women and Children impose duty on the club to investigate the allegations make against Lorch. The Code of Conduct and Pledge apply 24/7, on and off the field of play. The Club investigation will commence with immediate effect.”

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Trouble follows Thembinkosi Lorch 

The latest incident comes barely a month after Lorch, who is the reigning PSL Player of the Season, landed in hot water for breaching COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Bafana star, along with Zambian teammate Justin Shonga, were disciplined by the club for their troubles.

Lorch was the first of the two players to be reinstated into the squad after pleading guilty to the charges brought against him by the Buccaneers and undergoing two coronavirus tests.

Orlando Pirates has pledged to be vocal against violence targetted at women and children, to serve as role models and protect those affected by violence.

“Like manners once did, violence is now shaping and obsessing our society. If we do not stop it, it will stop us, and our children will have a bleak future,” the club said.

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