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Controversial Ithuteng Trust director Jackie "Mama Jackey" Maarohanye will have to answer to two charges of kidnapping.
The Protea magistrate's court yesterday refused to drop all charges against her and the other two accused. Tension gripped the packed court room as magistrate David Mhango delivered the long-awaited judgement.
Maarohanye, 49, Ronnie "Papa Action" Nyakale, 34, and Mpho Makhate, 21, are facing seven charges ranging from assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, kidnapping and indecent assault.
This after they allegedly kidnapped and assaulted former Ithuteng pupil Simphiwe Ngcoguthu on February 21 this year.
They are alleged to have kidnapped and assaulted him, and thereafter parading him in the streets after stripping him naked.
Defence lawyer Ike Motloung had applied for all the charges to be withdrawn against the accused.
Maarohanye will face two kidnapping charges.
The five assault charges were withdrawn against her. "The accused can decide whether to put their own versions before the court.
"In the absence of any evidence, I will definitely convict the accused," said Mhango after giving judgement.
Motloung chose to call his clients to testify, and first up for cross examination was Nyakale, who again denied the charges.
"I am not guilty, even God and my ancestors know that," said an agitated Nyakale.
The case was postponed to November 2 for further cross examination.