Oprah's headmaster claims she knew nothing
The former headmistress at Oprah Winfrey's South African school for girls says she was not aware of allegations that a dormitory worker was sexually abusing students as it happened.
"Contrary to reports, I had no knowledge of abuse. I did not and would never participate in any such coverup," Nomvuyo Mzamane said in a statement issued through her U.S.-based lawyer.
Oprah said on Monday that Mzamane's contract would not be renewed insinuating that she and other school official has ignored complaints from the girls that abuse was taking place. Winfrey also accused the school staff of hiding the situation from her.
Virginia Makopo, 27, faces 13 charges of indecent assault, assault and criminal injury committed against at least six students ages 13 to 15 and a 23-year-old at the school. Makopo, who said she was innocent, was freed on bail Monday.
This issue hits Oprah VERY close to home as she was a victim of child abuse herself. As a result, promised an overhaul of the school and said she had apologized to parents.
Winfrey opened her Leadership Academy for Girls outside Johannesburg on Jan. 2, with celebrities including Tina Turner and Spike Lee onhand, along with former President Nelson Mandela.