Thembinkosi Lorch, a Pirates attacker, was found guilty earlier this year of assaulting his former girlfriend Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala. The case stems from an incident three years ago in which he was accused of hitting and strangling her with the intent to cause bodily harm.
Lorch appeared in the Randburg magistrate’s court on Tuesday morning for sentencing, and was given a three-year direct imprisonment order, suspended for five years with the condition that he not be convicted of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He must also pay R100,000 to People Opposing Women Abuse, a gender-based violence organization, and has been declared unfit to possess a firearm under the Firearms Control Act.
Lorch was arrested the next day and released on R2 000 bail after his then-girlfriend Mathithibala filed an assault charge against him in September 2020.
Lorch should not be convicted of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm during the five-year suspension.
The soccer player was also ordered by the court to pay R100,000 to People Opposing Women Abuse, a gender-based violence organization.
He will pay the first R50 000 on Tuesday and is expected to settle the balance in R10,000 monthly installments.
IN JUNE, PIRATES ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
The Orlando Pirates Football Club takes note of the Randburg Magistrate Court’s decision in the case of Mr Thembinkosi Lorch.
As a Club, we reiterate our opposition to violence against women and children, and as a result, when this matter came to light in 2020, the club conducted its own investigation: