Article by Marc Aupiais
--Article updated to answer reader's question--
--"Vereeniging"--"South Africa"--29 - 03 - 2009 --"Oprah"--"Oprah Winfrey"--"Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy"--"Schooling in South Africa"--"Alleged Sexual misconduct allegedly involving minors"--"Indecent Assault"--"History of sexual issues at Oprah Academy"-- "Oprah raped as a child"--"Lisa Halliday": spokeswoman for academy--"Virginia Tiny Makgobo" ex-matron at academy--
The effects of celebrity talk show host: "Oprah Winfrey": continue, into this year ...to "touch" "South Africans": particularly the girls who allegedly: have been "sexually abused", or who have allegedly been involved in "Sexual Misconduct" at her all-girls: "Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy", near "Vereeniging", a small city in "Gauteng Province", "South Africa". Last year, "Virginia Tiny Makgobo", a 27 year old: at the time: matron at the school: was arrested for allegedly soliciting indecent acts from a minor (several if I remember properly: of the girls), among other alleged crimes involving the girls at the all-girl's school, her arrest sparked an outcry: against the "Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy": a pet "South African" project of "Oprah Winfrey" herself.
Now, 7 (Seven) girls, according to "Oprah"'s school's spokeswoman: "Lisa Halliday": have been suspended from the school: for breaking school conduct: or as the Afrikaans Weekly Sunday newspaper:"Rapport", puts it: for "sexual misconduct":
"According to a letter sent to the parents of one of the girls, aged 15: "You... have been found guilty of physical contact with of a sexual nature with another pupil on campus, harassment, bullying other girls on campus and of being dishonest by not telling investigators the whole truth."""Oprah Winfrey", herself, raped as a young girl: has not succeeded in giving back to the community in this case: nor in creating much of the good PR: she constantly seems to get from "American" press agencies: instead: story after story has left her leadership academy: of sexually concerning events, or concerns against, or about the girls staying there.
(IOL (Independent; Secular; South African) 29 / 03 / 2009 )
This latest incident was reported in the "Afrikaans" newspaper, the "Rapport": we have yet to gauge in the media: a response from "Oprah Winfrey" on yet another scurry of sexual activity, amongst minors at her academy.
Sexual relations with another person under the age of 16, in "South Africa": is a crime: punishable with a prison term: as rape.
In answer to a viewer: the school is not for rape victims: it's simply alleged that some girls were raped there!
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