Orlando Pirates have confirmed that their midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch has been arrested for an incident of domestic violence.
Earlier on Monday it was reported that a Pirates player had been detained at Midrand Police Station for an alleged assault incident involving a woman.
The 27-year-old midfielder was released on R2000 bail later in the day.
This was confirmed by National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.
“Soccer player Thembinkosi Lorch appeared at the Midrand Magistrate’s Court earlier [on Monday], facing a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm,” Mjonondwane said.
In the evening the club released this statement:
Orlando Pirates Football Club is aware of an alleged incident involving Thembinkosi Lorch.
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 [gender-based violence] 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 incident comes a few weeks after the player was barred from joining his teammates in the bio-bubble for disciplinary reasons.
He was suspended after he was found guilty of breaking club protocol and missed the club’s opening two matches, but he eventually joined the team in the bubble before the end of the season.