Former matron of Oprah school found not guilty

By Andy Rice 12 October 2010

The Sebokeng Magistrate's Court acquitted the former matron of the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls on all 14 charges she was facing, including committing moral and indecent acts, indecent assault, assault and crimen injuria. Tiny Virginia Makopo was acquitted by the court on Monday, ending a case that dragged on for three years, and included much-publicised hand-wringing from Oprah Winfrey herself. The charges were brought on the strength of accusations of nine girls who were aged between 13 years and 15 years at the time, who gave contradicting and inaccurate testimony under cross examination. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, perhaps unsurprisingly, expressed great disappointment at the outcome of the trial. Read more: TimesLive, Sapa via News24