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Maarohanye allegedly led violent protest march

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Lenyaro Sello

Lenyaro Sello

Controversial founder and director of Ithuteng Trust, Jackey Maarohanye, will face public violence charges when she appears in the Protea magistrates' court today.

Maarohanye is alleged to have been the mastermind behind her students' protest march on October 7 last year on the Old Potchefstroom Road in Soweto.

It is alleged that Maarohanye orchestrated the violence in which burning tyres were left strewn on the road.

Yesterday Soweto police spokesman Sergeant Richard Munyai confirmed Maarohanye's scheduled appearance.

Last month M-Net's Carte Blanche programme aired a damning report highlighting the mismanagement of funds at Ithuteng and fabrication of stories by Maarohanye to get local and international funding.

The expose revealed how money donated to the trust was never used for the intended purposes.

Many universities housingIthuteng students did not receive tuition fees for the students, the programme heard.

Shattered by the accusations against Maarohanye, the chairman of the trust, Joseph Kganakga, publicly resigned. Also to resign were board members and patrons, constitutional court judge Yvonne Mokgoro and Petra Kahle.

"With effect from today we no longer regard ourselves as part of the Ithuteng Trust," the three said then.

Maarohanye has so far avoided the media, leaving her daughter Tiisetso as the voice of Ithuteng .

Her accusers have also gone to ground.

Maarohanye's brush with the law is not her first.

On December 12 1999 she was accused of kidnapping and assaulting her neighbour.

Simphiwe Ncoguthu, a former student at Ithuteng, said on the TV programme that he had opened a case against Maarohanye after she had kidnapped and assaulted him.

The case has since been "temporarily" withdrawn.


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