Ex-Headmistress Of South African School Suing Oprah

 
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 16, 2009

Nomvuyo Mzamane, the former headmistress of media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s South African Leadership Academy for Girls, is suing the talk-show host for defamation, according to People.com. The all-girls school has been dogged by controversy since it opened last year, after dorm matron Tiny Makopo was charged with physical and sexual abuse. As a result, Mzamane’s contract wasn’t renewed, but she believes unfairly. Mzamane is seeking $50,000 for each of five different allegations, including defamation by innuendo and intentional infliction of emotional distress, in addition to unspecified punitive damages. Since her termination, the 39-year-old claims she has not been able to find competitive work, and according to reports, suffers from “depression, anxiety and insomnia.” 

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