Oprah Winfrey had tears in her eyes as she asked parents to forgive her for alleged abuse at her girls’ school here. “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.
Oprah had visited her school 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. She 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.
“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 said in tears last Saturday.The father of one of the pupils had responded by telling Oprah: “It’s not your fault. We don’t blame you. You trusted them. You have more passion for the school and its existence than anyone else in this country, including us parents.”
Oprah gave parents the assurance she would do everything possible to ensure that those who had been guilty of abuse would be dealt with. She has personally filed a charge to the police.