Tuesday June 6, 2023 – South African soccer star, Thembinkosi Lorch has been found guilty of strangling and assaulting his former girlfriend, Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala.

The Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, found the 30-year-old footballer guilty of assault with intent to cause bodily harm on Mathithibala. 

“The case relates to a complaint laid with the Midrand Police by Mathithibala in September 2020, that resulted in his arrest and subsequent release on bail of R2000,” the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa regional spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane said. 

The Orlando Pirates star was arrested on September 7, 2020, following an incident that happened at his place of residence in Midrand, on September 6, 2020.

Mathithibala said she was visiting Lorch when he left her at his home to go out with his friend. Mathithibala saw that it was getting late and messaged him to return her car keys. 

On arrival, an argument ensued and Lorch became violent towards her and started to strangle her, beat her whilst pulling her up and down. 

She called for help and his friend came to her rescue.

Mjonondwane added that the State prosecutor, Ms. Michele Hart argued that the medical evidence corroborated the evidence of the complainant. 

“The accused did not have any injuries which meant that he was the aggressor. The accused and his witness did not create a good impression in court and appeared to be not credible witnesses,” Mjonondwane added. 

The case was postponed to 28 July 2023, for sentencing proceedings. 

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