tactic to stay out of jail

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Convicted kidnapper Jackey Maarohanye will use social workers in a bid to stay out of jail.

The controversial Ithuteng Trust director yesterday had her case postponed to next month to allow for a social worker's report on her situation to be read in mitigation of sentence.

The report could help her lawyers plead for a lenient sentence.

Maarohanye was found guilty on two counts of kidnapping. Two others appearing with her were found guilty of kidnapping and assault.

Maarohanye, 49, put on a brave face in court 14, accompanied by her faithful supporters.

Maarohanye, Ronnie "Papa Action" Nyakale, 34, and Mpho Makhate, 24, appeared before magistrate David Mhango yesterday for sentencing.

In November last year, the three were found guilty of kidnapping and assaulting former Ithuteng pupil, Simphiwe Ncoguthu, in February 2006.

Maarohanye, otherwise known as Mama Jackey, was found guilty on two counts of kidnapping.

Nyakale and Makhate were each found guilty on two counts of kidnapping and four of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Their lawyer, Ike Motloung, asked the court to postpone the sentencing and wait for a probation report to be done by a social worker. The sentence will have to take the report into consideration.

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