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Body Of Dead Newborn Found At Oprah Winfrey’s School For Girls In South Africa

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Hi my lovelies!

This is just sad all around! As you guys recall, Oprah Winfrey‘s leadership academy has had problems in the past. Shortly after Oprah‘s all-girls high school opened in 2007, a school matron, Virginia Tiny Makopo, was charged with sexually molesting several girls. Oprah also fired the school’s headmistress, Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane who subsequently sued Oprah for defamation however the suit was settled out of court…

Now this. According to news reports:

Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa is being rocked by a fresh scandal as police investigate the body of a newborn found in one of the student’s bags, police said today.

The baby’s body was found last Wednesday in a bag the 17-year-old girl brought to a hospital where she was being treated for excessive bleeding, police Lt. Col. Lungelo Dlamini told ABC News in a statement.

It is believed that the girl, who has not been identified, gave birth at her school, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which is located outside Johannesburg.

No charges have been filed against the girl and police will discuss the case with the Director for Public Prosecutions once the investigation has been finalized.

Wow. Wow. Wow. I know that Oprah‘s intentions have been to educate & empower African girls, (starting in South Africa). Good intentions face serious challenges and her Leadership Academy is no exception. My prayer is that Oprah remains committed to her intentions of educating & empowering African girls, despite the many challenges coming her way.


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  • Banda Musonda

    Very sad indeed. I think this is a problem that occurs across many if not all schools in S.A. and many African countries in general, it did happen several times at my former college. The only reason this incident takes centre stage is because the school is owned by Oprah Winfrey.

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  • Allegro_D

    Very sad and I agree with you Banda that this is only taking centre stage because it”s Oprah’s school. It kinda makes me feel like people are not been appreciative of the opportunities they are blessed with. Some of these young girls are taking for granted the opportunity the have of education…

  • Adenton

    Several discarded new born babies are being found just in the Western Cape alone every week. It is a social problem and we have to assist these girls/women/mothers. It is sad that they are so desperate and lonely during such a trying time. Where are the “potential” fathers? My heart goes out to these woman. Let us not judge them!