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The fall and fall of the notorious Mama Jackey

By unknown | Feb 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

From being the celebrated "Angel of Soweto" to being the feared "Beast of Soweto", Mama Jackey Maarohanye is staying in the headlines.

M-Net's Carte Blanche aired an investigative documentary in November last year accusing Maarohanye of pocketing millions of rands from sponsors.

She was alleged to have used the plight of vulnerable students to solicit money from donors.

After that documentary all hell broke loose. Now the once-loved angel has become something of a criminal with a growing number of brushes with the law.

This coming Friday Maarohanye is due to appear in court for public violence, malicious damage to property, housebreaking and theft. And those charges were brought long before this weekend's debacle.

l Mama Jackey was arrested in October last year following an incident in which students from Ithuteng Trust, where she is the principal, barricaded Soweto streets with burning tyres.

They were protesting the failure of the police to arrest a person she accused of having murdered one of her students.

l In May last year Mama Jackey and her students allegedly kidnapped and assaulted former student Simphiwe Ncuguthu.

Apparently they told him he knew too much about what went on at the school.

Mama Jackey appeared in court and was released on bail.

l She was also charged with housebreaking and theft after she and her pupils allegedly stormed the home of a former pupil, Victor Mohale, and burnt his belongings.

l This weekend she and a group of parents and students held Sowetan reporter Vusi Ndlovu and the company's transport supervisor Mabu Nkadimeng hostage for hours.

This for writing what they deemed to be "lies" about her and her organisation.


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