Orlando Pirates have initiated an investigation into the conduct of the team’s star midfielder, Thembinkosi Lorch, the club has confirmed.
The 27-year-old appeared in court following his arrest on Monday on charges of assaulting his girlfriend with the intent to cause bodily harm. He was released on R2 000 bail and is expected to appear in court again on October 8.
However, Pirates said on Tuesday that the club would do a parallel probe on the Bafana Bafana player.
“The Orlando Pirates code of conduct and specific pledge against violence perpetrated against women and children impose a duty on the club to investigate the allegations made against Lorch. The code of conduct and pledge apply 24/7, on and off the field of play. The club investigation will commence with immediate effect,” Pirates said in a statement.
“This is in line with the club’s code of conduct and pledge that all Orlando Pirates employees, including players, are signatories to.”
This is the second time in a matter of a few weeks that Lorch has rubbed Pirates the wrong way.
He was suspended by the Soweto powerhouse for breaking the team’s Covid-19 protocols on the eve of the squad’s check-in at the PSL bio-bubble for the resumption of the domestic football programme last month.
He was later cleared to join the team as they finished third in the Absa Premiership that was won by Mamelodi Sundowns last Saturday.
“We at Orlando Pirates recognise that women are the base and children the future of our society; that violence against women and children is like waging a war on ourselves as a nation,” read the statement posted on the Pirates official website.
“We therefore pledge: to be vocal and speak out against violence targeted at women and children; to be exemplary through our deeds and serve as role models; to be supportive to women and children affected by violence.
“Like manners once did, violence is now shaping and obsessing our society. If we do not stop it, it will stop us, and our children will have a bleak future.”