Jackey giggles as cop testifies

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

The mayhem linked to "Mama" Jackey's pupils was recalled in the Protea magistrates' court in Soweto yesterday.

The Ithuteng Trust pupils, allegedly led by Trust director Jackey Maarohanye, blockaded the Old Potch Road, stoned cars and clashed with police.

Maarohanye is facing charges of public violence, malicious damage to property and theft after her pupils allegedly set fire to the house of former pupil Victor Mohale.

Maarohanye had accused Mohale of killing another pupil and claimed that police had done nothing to bring him to justice.

About 20 pupils and supporters yesterday calmly entered the courtroom to listen to testimony against Maarohanye.

"Mama" Jackey Maarohanye sat alone in the dock, smiling at supporters and her assistant Ronnie "Papa Action" Nyakale.

She giggled to herself whenever Senior Superintendent Patrick Baloyi of the Kliptown police responded to questions.

Baloyi was the first of 10 witnesses scheduled to testify against Maarohanye.

Baloyi testified how Maarohanye and her pupils had caused havoc on the road, making it impossible for other road users to pass through.

"I spent time trying to talk to Maarohanye to come with me to the police station so things would return to normal, but she refused," said Baloyi.

He said Maarohanye, who was dressed in a camouflage uniform at the time, was clearly the pupils' leader and was giving them instructions.

Baloyi said the pupils burnt tyres which incited further public violence.

Maarohanye's lawyer, Ike Motloung, asked whether Baloyi was in control of the situation that day.

Baloyi replied that though Maarohanye and her supporters made it difficult and would not cooperate with the police, his team did everything they could to calm the crowd and open the road to traffic again.

The trial continues.