Oprah-abuse charges at SArica school devastating

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov 5 (Reuters) US television magnate Oprah Winfrey said today abuse charges at her all-girl academy in South Africa was one of the most devastating experiences in her life.

''This has been one of the most devastating, if not the most devastating experience of my life,'' she said in video news conference from Chicago.

''It has shaken me to my core.'' A former dormitory matron charged with abusing students at Winfrey's school was freed on 3,000 rand (458 dollars) bail today after a brief court appearance.

Virginia Mokgobo, 27, left the Sebokeng magistrate court, south of Johannesburg, with a blanket over her head. The court said the case was postponed to Dec 13 to allow for further investigations.

She was arrested on Thursday on charges including assault, indecent assault and soliciting under-age girls to perform indecent acts.

At least seven victims have already submitted statements, police said.

REUTERS PD HT1934

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