Ex-Bafana striker due in court for attempted rape

Former Orlando Pirates, Bafana Bafana and Supersport United striker will on Wednesday appear in the Alexandra magistrate’s court on attempted rape, domestic violence and malicious damage to property charges.

The soccer star was arrested on Tuesday afternoon following a police investigation. The player is accused of damaging a cellphone and laptop belonging to a 31-year-old woman.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi confirmed the arrest, saying the soccer player was arrested on Tuesday.

“The suspect handed himself to the police yesterday. He is due to appear before Alexandra magistrates court today [Wednesday], therefore cannot confirm the details of the suspect until he makes a court appearance,” said Nevhuhulwi.

When contacted for comment, the footballer told Sunday World he was unable to talk as he was with a baby.

Meanwhile, the star’s former teammate at Pirates, Thembinkosi Lorch, was on Tuesday given a three-year sentence for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He had attacked his then girlfriend Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala.

The sentence dished out in the Randburg magistrate’s court was, however, wholly suspended for five years. This means if Lorch will be jailed if found guilty of a similar offence during the period of suspension.

In June Lorch was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for strangling and hitting Mathithibala three years ago.

Lorch ordered to pay R100k to NGO

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 beat her. He strangled her, while pulling her up and down until he was rescued by Lorch’s friend.

Added Gauteng National Prosecuting Authority’s spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane: “Lorch was further ordered to pay a fine of R100 000 to a non-governmental organisation People Opposing Women Abuse, with R50 000 payable today, and the balance in instalments.”

State prosecutor Michele Hart successfully argued that the medical evidence corroborated the evidence of the complainant. 

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