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Residents don't want 'Mama Angel'

By unknown | Mar 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

Residents of Klipspruit turned out in force at the Protea magistrates' court yesterday to demand that Jackey Maarohanye's Ithuteng Trust be shut down.

Maarohanye, 49, henchman Ronnie "Papa Action" Nyakale, 34, Patricia Molaba, 34, and Thembi Dladla, 21, had their case postponed to May 15 for trial.

They are accused of assaulting Sowetan reporter Vusi Ndlovu at the institution on February 17 during a hostage drama that lasted several hours.

Ndlovu was allegedly kidnapped for seven hours and assaulted when he went to interview Maarohanye at the school. His alleged torturers demanded to see Sowetan news editor Willie Bokala.

Meanwhile, outside court yesterday residents carried placards, which read "Mama Tsotsi", "Jackie and her criminals must go" and "Jackey stop abusing our community".

Joyce Makena, a resident, said: "We are sick and tired of Maarohanye.

"She must leave Klipspruit because she is corrupting the area and grooming criminals in her school."

Makena Mabe, a local leader of the South African National Civics Organisation, said they were protesting because the community had been harassed by Maarohanye, her students and her bodyguards.

"We are here to show our support for the journalist she assaulted because he was not the first person to be attacked," said Mabe. "Our people have been attacked and threatened by her, but were too scared to come forward."

Mabe said they were going to mobilise more people, including those she had allegedly terrorised, to join in the protest.

He said they would make sure they protested at all Maarohanye's court appearances.

The courtroom was packed with Maarohanye's supporters, who wore T-shirts bearing the slogan "We love you nine-nine Mama Jackie."

Maarohanye and her co-accused appeared briefly before magistrate Herman Badenhorst and the case was postponed for trial .

She left the court building escorted by her supporters to her luxury navy-blue 3-series BMW.

As she left, protestors shouted: "We don't want you, you must go."


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