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Oprah's former matron in court

By unknown | Apr 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka

The trial of a former dormitory mother at Oprah Winfrey's school for girls was postponed in the Sebokeng magistrates' court yesterday.

Virginia Makopo, 27, covered her face with a towel to hide it from photographers.

"I can't see your face and I can't talk to a faceless person," said magistrate Thelma Simpson, who ordered her to remove the towel.

Even when her relatives, who were sitting behind her in the dock, tried to encourage her to keep her head down, Makopo could not escape the barrage of local and foreign photographers.

She is facing 13 charges of assault, indecent assault and crimen injuria against girls at the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls at Henley-on-Klip in the Vaal.

At her first appearance after the allegations emerged in October Makopo was released on R3000 bail.

She was not asked to plead yesterday and the case was postponed to Friday.

Makopo's defence attorney, Mosala Moleli, asked for a provisional postponement because the accused had not fully instructed him to proceed with the case.

Prosecutor Etienne Venter argued that the state was ready to proceed with the trial, which was set down for three days.

"I am not going to postpone the matter, considering that the case was postponed two months ago," said Venter, who ordered Makopo to consult her attorney.

Simpson granted Moleli's application for a postponement only for him to consult with his client.

She said: "If you encounter financial problems before Friday you can apply for legal aid representation."


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