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The embattled "Mama" Jackey Maarohanye, who has been avoiding the public yesterday resurfaced amid chaos and drama at the Protea magistrates' court.
And the children who she has allegedly exploited to make money came to her defence when she arrived at court to face public violence charges.
Maarohanye has shied away from the media after reports emerged that she was using poor children to ask for donations for her Ithuteng Trust School.
Donors US former president Bill Clinton, talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela have since asked for copies of the Carte Blanche expose which broke the story.
Yesterday the children caused havoc outside the court, battling reporters and photographers in full view of police officers who just watched.
Photographers found themselves besieged by stone-carrying children dressed in school uniforms.
"You can't take photos, we will break your cameras," they screamed at photographers.
And when Maarohanye entered the yard, they broke into song holding-up placards which read "Mama Jackey. You are our hero", " Mama Jackey we support you", and "Mama Jackey we love you".
While the hearing continued inside, the children taunted the media. Armed with bricks they tried to grab photographers' cameras.
Despite the tense stand-off which threatened to explode into violence there was little police presence.
When photographers approached police spokesman Captain Mbhazima Shiburi he said the police could do nothing because there had been no instruction from the station commissioner.