Thembinkosi Lorch back in court for assaulting girlfriend

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Orlando Pirates player Thembinkosi Lorch is expected to be back at the Midrand Magistrate’s court in Johannesburg on Monday.

The 27-year-old footballer is facing a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

Lorch who also plays for the national team, Bafana Bafana, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at his home.

Lorch is currently out on R2 000 bail.

Pirates issues statement

Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates FC says while they are aware of the incident and allegations levelled against one of its players, the matter is in the hands of the authorities.

The football club says it condemns gender-based violence.

“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.”