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Oprah matron's case postponed

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Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka

The trial of a former matron accused of 14 different crimes against minors at the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls has been postponed to October 22 by the Sebokeng regional court.

The long recess will allow statements to be taken from more witnesses.

"So far we have obtained more than 16 statements," prosecutor Etienne Venter said.

Virginia Tiny Makopo, 28, has pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecent assault, five of common assault, two of soliciting a minor to perform an indecent act, one of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and two of crimen injuria.

The crimes were allegedly committed against six girls aged 13 and 14 and a 23-year-old woman between March and September last year.

Makopo allegedly asked a 14-year-old to be a lesbian and climbed into her bed at night.

She also allegedly asked a 13-year-old to "kiss her the same way she kisses her boyfriend".

She allegedly also grabbed the girl by the arm and kissed her neck while touching her all over her body.

A 14-year-old girl was allegedly thrown on to a couch and forced to eat custard while Makopo poured it into her hair.

Makopo allegedly also went into the girl's room at night, climbed into her bed and rubbed their breasts together.

On Friday journalists were again not allowed into the courtroom because the matter was heard in camera. The regional courtroom's windows and corridor were covered with brown paper.

Both the defence and state went to the school on Wednesday for an inspection of the scene.

Magistrate Thelma Simpson has ruled that anyone from the media who wants to photograph Makopo should first obtain her permission.


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