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Failing Mama of the Nation test

By unknown | Feb 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Andrew Molefe

Andrew Molefe

There's something about Jackey Maarohanye that reminds one of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the height of her power in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Both are beautiful women. Both are strong-willed women who have spat in the face of the law and gotten away with it.

Like the Madikizela-Mandela of the 1980s, Maarohanye is always surrounded by young thugs who have unleashed a reign of terror in Klipspruit, Soweto, where her school, Ithuteng Trust School, is based.

But unlike the Mother of the Nation, the woman commonly known as Mama Jackey has earned herself the unflattering nickname of the Beast of Soweto.

While Madikizela-Mandela enjoys the political currency that can see her navigate her way out of difficulties, Maarohanye doesn't have the same gravitas.

On Saturday she cashed in her last chips when she and about 50 of her charges allegedly kidnapped and assaulted Vusi Ndlovu, a reporter at Sowetan , in a seven-hour marathon of abuse . She was arrested in Pretoria the following day and spent the night in custody.

At the time of Ndlovu's assault, she, together with her vile group of thugs, were facing charges of public violence after barricading streets of Soweto with burning tyres.

They were protesting against the alleged failure of the police to arrest a person she accused of having murdered a student.

In May last year, she allegedly kidnapped and assaulted Siphiwe Ncuguthu, a former student at her school whom she accused of "knowing too much of what went on at the school".

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

Even though she doesn't wield the power of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, many believe she has the kind of connections that help her escape the clutches of the law. But when she turned her fangs on a reporter of a national newspaper, the law reached the end of its tether and she was hunted down and locked up.

Barely two years ago, Mama Jackey's star was on the rise. Last year HBO television network did a documentary on Ithuteng Trust School.

It premiered in December last year and went on to win several awards, among them, the Best Documentary and Best Humanitarian Film at the Hatch Film and Telluride film festivals, respectively. The film contains the children's stories of abuse, rape and abandonment. Maarohanye was described as a heroine.

International celebrities threw their weight and money behind the school but the bubble burst when MNet's Carte Blanche exposed Mama Jackey as a fraud .


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