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Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Convicted Ithuteng Trust director Jackey Maarohanye yesterday pleaded with the Protea magistrate's court to give her a lenient sentence.

Maarohanye, 50, and two co-accused are expected to be sentenced for kidnapping today.

Co-accused Mpho Makhate, 24, and Ronnie "Papa Action" Nyakale, 34, have also been found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The charges arose from the kidnapping and assault of former Ithuteng Trust student Simphiwe Ncoguthu in November last year. He was stripped naked and paraded in the streets of Klipspruit in Soweto.

Maarohanye's lawyer yesterday brought in social workers to plead for a lesser sentence for the three. He pleaded for a fine or a suspended sentence.

Of Maarohanye, lawyer Ike Motloung said: "She is 50 years old and does not have a criminal record.

"She does not deserve to go to jail. She is not a danger to society."

Social workers Joyce Mbane, Yvonne Ndlovu and Yekela Masiba told the court that the three accused were not a danger to society. But they said the circumstances of the victim, Ncoguthu, should also be considered.

They said Ncoguthu relocated from Orlando to an undisclosed address because of fear for his safety. "He said he has stopped socialising too," said Ndlovu.

They also said in their reports that the three did not show any remorse and maintained their innocence despite the seriousness of the alleged crime.

They said correctional supervision was appropriate.

Motloung told the court that there was nothing that suggested that his clients would repeat the same offences.

Nyakale was convicted of possession of dagga and fined R500 in 1997.

"Makhate was dismissed from his job because of this case, Nyakale is unemployed and they both have one child each," said Motloung.

He also said that Maarohanye earns R35000 a month as the school's director, depending on the availability of sponsorship.