Orlando Pirates superstar Thembinkosi Lorch was released on bail for R2000 after being arrested for an alleged gender-based violence incident.
Thembinkosi Lorch was arrested by police after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. According to the Sunday World, Lorch’s girlfriend Nokhupiwa Mathithibala opened a case of assault against him at Midrand Police station on Sunday.
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"Orlando Pirates Football Club is aware of an alleged incident involving Thembinkosi Lorch," read a statement on the club's website.
"This matter is currently in the hands of the authorities. 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.
"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,"
“Police in the early hours of Monday morning, 07 September 2020 arrested a 27-year old man for allegedly assaulting a woman at his place of residence in Midrand. It is reported that the suspect physically assaulted the complainant after a verbal exchange between the two, and the victim was allegedly rescued by the suspect's friend who was present at the time of the incident that is related to domestic,” read the police’s statement.
News of Lorch’s arrest came in the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing that the country will tighten laws on gender-based violence and sexual offences. Should Lorch be found guilty of the allegations aimed at him, he's likely to face a severe punishment.
According to President Ramaphosa the new laws will help restore the confidence of South Africa’s women that the law is there to protect them. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape and domestic violence in the world.