Thembinkosi Lorch of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durban, South Africa.
Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning following a case of domestic violence brought against him by his girlfriend.
Lorch, who completed the delayed 2019/20 Absa Premiership season in a bio-bubble with Pirates on Saturday, appeared in court but was released on R2000 bail as confirmed by the NPA.
He is expected to return to court on 8 October as police investigate further.
Orlando Pirates have released a statement in which they call for the law to take its course following the incident.
“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,” the statement concluded.
Last month Lorch and team-mate Justin Shonga were dropped from the Pirates squad following a breach of team protocols as the domestic football returned to South Africa after it was delayed in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lorch was named South African Footballer of the Year in 2019.
– Compiled by Sport24 staff
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