Oprah disappointed with scandal ruling

    Oprah Winfrey is not pleased with the verdict in a trial stemming from the scandal that rocked her school in South Africa.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Oprah Winfrey is not pleased with the verdict in a trial stemming from the scandal that rocked her school in South Africa.
     
    A former dorm mother from Oprah’s academy for girl was acquitted of teenage abuse charges Monday, and Oprah is "profoundly disappointed" by the trial’s outcome.
     
    Back in September of 2008, the adminstrator was charged with sexually abusing six students between the ages of 13 and 15. Oprah claimed that former head mistress, Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane, hid the abuse from her, ordering students to appear happy while the media maven was on campus. That matter was later settled out of court in March.
     
    Now, however, prosecutors have accused the matron, Tiny Virginia Makopo, of trying to kiss and fondle girls at the school soon after it opened in 2007 outside Johannesburg.
     
    Tiny had also been accused of assaulting a fellow supervisor, but a spokesman for South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said she was acquitted of the charges.
     
    "The magistrate indicated that the state did not prove itself case beyond reasonable doubt on all the charges. We won’t be appealing the judgment," the rep said.
     
    In remembering her history of childhood sexual abuse, Oprah called the allegations “crushing” and promised an overhaul of the school. "I will forever be proud of the nine girls who testified with the courage and conviction to be heard,"  she said in a statement issued Monday.
     
    The 22-acre Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls aimed to give girls from deprived backgrounds a quality education in a country where schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid.
     
    Despite the damage form this scandal, Oprah said that the school’s staff "is committed to providing a nurturing educational environment so that all of our girls may continue to flourish. And they are indeed thriving."
     

     

     

     

    – ReDonah Anderson

     

     

     

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