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'Don't incite anyone to violence'

By unknown | Feb 28, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

The woman who has come to be known as the Beast of Soweto, Mama Jackey Maarohanye, burst into tears yesterday.

Surrounded by family and friends in the Protea magistrates' court after being granted R10000 bail and warned to stay out of trouble, Maarohanye broke down and cried.

The controversial head of the Ithuteng Trust and her co-accused, Yizo Yizo star Ronnie Nyakale, 34, were granted bail by magistrate Herman Badenhorst. They are charged with assaulting and kidnapping Sowetan reporter Vusi Ndlovu.

The magistrate warned her to stay out of trouble.

"R10000 bail is granted with a condition that you refrain from any action that might incite your learners, their parents or your employees to violence," Badenhorst said.

He said Maarohanye could easily shift from being famous to being infamous because of the controversy surrounding her. He said that the children of the Ithuteng school would suffer because the school relied on donors for funds.

Badenhorst warned Maarohanye of her tendency to incite children to violence.

"We don't want to keep you in prison unnecessarily, but at the rate you are going it is problematic," he said.

Dressed in a formal brown suit, Maarohanye, 49, looked depressed as she stood in the dock with Nyakale.

The court heard that Maarohanye and Nyakale intend to plead not guilty to the charges. They will say Ndlovu voluntarily went to the Ithuteng Trust and had left unharmed.

The state prosecutor, Adriaan Lamprecht, said Maarohanye had no respect for the law and had broken it on several occasions. He cited examples.

Nyakale was granted R1500 bail.

He and Maarohanye will be back in court on March 15.


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