Fickle hand of fate

The wheel of fortune turns slowly but who would ever have thought that the woman Nelson Mandela once dubbed the Angel of Soweto would be driven out by her neighbours?

The wheel of fortune turns slowly but who would ever have thought that the woman Nelson Mandela once dubbed the Angel of Soweto would be driven out by her neighbours?

Folks living around her school in Klipspruit, Soweto, have ransacked Jackey Maarohanye's Ithuteng Trust after yet another reported attack on a local youngster.

They said they were sick and tired of Mama Jackey's "abusive and bullying" behaviour and had decided "to drive her out of the area".

Maaronyane was once hailed for her work with troubled kids. But the fickle hand of fate turned into a fist in 2006 when she was exposed as a fraud who coached the kids with sob stories to open overseas donors' wallets.

The fighter in Maaronyane responded the only way she knew. She has faced a slew of allegations of kidnapping and assault, winning some cases and losing others.

Former students, neighbours, critics and journalists alike have all experienced her wrath, protected as she is by a pack of armed "students" at her side baying for retribution for their "Mama".

Let's hope the residents of Klipspruit can now sleep easier that the woman exposed as a fraud, violent kidnapper and more has been banished to her mansion in the suburbian Johannesburg.

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