Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch had been found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The Randburg Magistrates’ Court passed down the verdict after a complaint was laid by Lorch’s girlfriend, Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala, in September 2020.
The harrowing incident allegedly took place at Lorch’s Midrand home, where Mathithibala claimed that her boyfriend became violent towards her, choking her before beating her forcefully. She was able to call for help, with Lorch’s friend coming to her rescue.
In court, Lorch’s defense was called into question, as both he and his witness failed to convince the prosecution of their credibility. The medical evidence presented also proved damning, with the accused not having any injuries, solidifying Mathithibala’s account of events.
Fans of the sports star were left shocked and disappointed by the news, as Lorch had been considered a rising star in his field,. However, it seems that his temper and violent behavior have caused a damage on his name.
The case will now head to sentencing proceedings, with Lorch facing a potential jail term for his crimes. This will be a tough pill for his supporters to swallow, but also serves as a stark reminder of the importance of taking allegations of assault seriously, no matter the perpetrator’s profile or success.