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Oprah school 'ruined girl's future'

By Patience Bambalele | Jan 14, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 212 ]

THE mother of a girl who was subjected to 24-hour supervision at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in the Vaal has accused the school of "ruining my daughter's future"

Pauline Bachoko alleges that academy head Anne van Zyl refused to find her child Paballo Bachoko, 17, alternative schooling as promised.

Paballo was expelled from the school for allegedly stealing airtime.

Now Paballo idles her time away at home in Kagiso because her choice of subjects is not available in many schools in Kagiso.

"There are a few schools that are prepared to take her, but the problem is the subjects that she is doing," Bachoko says. "Van Zyl promised to find a school and pay her school fees.

"The one that matches her subjects is the Dominican Convent in Kensington and it costs R105,200 a year, which I don't have."

Bachoko also claims Van Zyl told her she will no longer help because Sowetan had run an article about her daughter's case. Van Zyl refutes the claim that she will not help because of the story.

"That is not what I said to her mother. I told her that we are trying to find a school for Paballo with the Department of Education. I cannot say when we will find the school."

Dominican Convent principal Michael Till says Van Zyl has approached the school for a space, though she has not contacted them this year.

Bachoko even approached the office of the executive mayor of Mogale City for help.

Mogale City local municipality spokesman Nkosana Zali says: "The office of the executive mayor of Mogale City was approached by Pauline Bachoko to assist her child".

- bambalelep@sowetan.co.za

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Galfrend
DJWINNER,LOL Im not,ah please just wish me a happy birthday siyeke ukuthetha amacala ,lol
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Well, I am a kind of a person who want to sort things out, not to just ignore things and move on.

Are you sure that you still want to be my friend because really you don't have to force yourself?

Jan 14, 2013 11:30 | 0 replies

Skopokopoza
@Nongoloza24,

Have you seen im around kodwa hey?
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Good morning, how are you Skopo??

Jan 14, 2013 11:2 | 0 replies

Galfrend
Nongoloza lol thanx

DJWINNER LOL you killing me hahahahaa,ngicela uxolo baba.hahaha
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You are laughing now and you don't know how is that laugh making a delicate situation even worse. I will not force you to be my friend if you no longer want to be. You don't even know when was the last time you greated me. No more emails and all that. You are distancing yourself from me and I won't force you to be my friend if you are no longer interested.

Jan 14, 2013 11:1 | 0 replies

That school is not perfect at all...

Jan 14, 2013 10:58 | 0 replies

@Skopokopoza
Nna january is treating me well cos most of my colleagues "women" are so broke and i'm taking advantage of that.. se ke jele 5 ya bona ene ge e le BJ's ka officing ga ke sa bolela.....

Jan 14, 2013 10:58 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe

Dzel stop connecting things that dont connect man,we cannt just give up on kids because they've stole airtime.We need to search or ask what the motive was and even in the emplyer and employee that's where things start(to look for the motive/cause) before the dismissal and you get judged per that.
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Theft is theft Boss, he is a victim of the two-stikes rule, if you can't learn from the first incident you can't cry foul.

First she stole clotthes, went through a hearing and found guilty. THEN she stole the airtime.

Jan 14, 2013 10:58 | 0 replies

Enjoy your day everyone.. And remember to have faith and never give up :)

Jan 14, 2013 10:57 | 0 replies

You will probably find the mother is 'n skelem too....

Jan 14, 2013 10:54 | 0 replies

Cowditor there's News here.....Can't you see that this bloody chikita is lying through her yellow dirty teeth....Nxaaaaaa*******hogwash********

Jan 14, 2013 10:53 | 0 replies

!serobapipi
Morning to you too mmaletlere, sa le wa emisha !LESSON1weekend kgane o byang nah??

Jan 14, 2013 10:50 | 0 replies

Mme wa batho ruta ngwana wa hao ho re ha o utswitse o tla otlwa. You are not a good mother, i feel sorry for you because you are going to fight wrong fights in future. She is a thief she must suffer and must accept to be able to deal with the matter because no one is going to help you if you are not honest. You should have punished her again for putting your name as parent in disrepute not protecting her.

Jan 14, 2013 10:47 | 0 replies