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Orlando Pirates criticised for playing star attacker Thembinkosi Lorch.

Thembinkosi Lorch in action for Orlando Pirates against Cape Town Spurs in a Carling Knockout round of 16 clash at Orlando Stadium.

Pirates Under Fire For Playing Lorch

Orlando Pirates have been criticised for playing Thembinkosi Lorch after he was convicted of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to his then girlfriend Fundiswa Mathithibala.

Lorch returned to the field of play this past Friday, the 18th of August and produced a man of the match display while the Buccaneers to a 2-0 victory over Cape Town Spurs in the Carling Knockout round of 16 clash, before also featuring in 0-0 draw against Amazulu the next Tuesday.

But his return was met with concern, as his case was still in the air after his sentencing was postponed three times.

Sonke Gender Questions Pirates’ Stance On GBV

Sonke Gender co-Executive director Bafana Khumalo questioned Pirates’ decision to play the 30-year-old attacker despite their stance on GBV in the past.

He said that Pirates should have suspended Lorch until his case is finalised, as playing him sends a wrong message to the society and the victims of GBV.

He also said that Pirates should have consulted with Mathithibala and other stakeholders before allowing Lorch to play.

NPA and Labour Law Analyst Defend Lorch’s Rights

Meanwhile, NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonodwane and Labour Law analyst Moni Natasha said that Lorch is well within his rights to play as his conviction has nothing to do with his employment.

Bafana Bafana star is set to return to court on the 21st of November for his sentencing.

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