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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Allegations Of Abuse At The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

Oprah Winfrey has visited her school at Henley-on-Klip near Vereeniging, South Africa at least twice in the past few weeks, after allegations that one of the matrons fondled a girl and that other pupils had been physically abused. Students accused the principal, Dr. Mzimane, of failing to take action, although the girls had often complained of being grabbed by the neck, beaten and thrown against a wall, and being sworn at.

News 24 reports that during an emergency meeting, Oprah had tears in her eyes as she asked parents to forgive her for alleged abuse at her girls' school. "I've disappointed you. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," Oprah told parents at an emergency meeting in a packed marquee tent on the school premises. "I trusted her (Dr. Mzimane). When I appointed her, I thought she was passionate about the children of Africa ... but, I've been disappointed." Oprah gave the girls her personal telephone number, her e-mail address and her postal address so that they could contact her at any time, day or night. Apart from the matron apparently involved, Oprah sent the principal, a Dr Mzimane, and at least one other matron on leave two weeks ago. Only the principal was on paid leave. Get more details at News24

(Photo Credits: PRNewsFoto) (Caption: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership For Girls—South Africa Officially Opened On January 2, 2007 In Henley-On-Klip, South Of Johannesburg. The School Welcomed 152 7th And 8th Grade Students)


Anonymous said...

Why would anyone be surprised by this? From Detroit to Atlanta to Africa- black is as black does...

Stephen said...

Wonder if poor white kids can apply?