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Oprah admits that despite the monumental scandals that have rocked her South African girls school, she is proud it’s still standing:

In a newspaper interview published Saturday, Oprah Winfrey acknowledged making several mistakes at her girls school in South Africa, but said she remains proud of its success. As previously reported, four students were expelled and three others were suspended in a second sexual misconduct scandal to hit the Leadership Academy for Girls. There were stories in local papers lat week that the girls were kept in isolation during their disciplinary hearing. Winfrey says the reports are misleading.

“I have made several mistakes and one of them was being overprotective of the girls, which has led to an impression that the school is isolating them from society,” Winfrey was quoted as saying in the Weekend Argus. Without giving details of the most recent infraction, she told the newspaper that it was “insulting” that the family of one of the expelled girls had complained to the press even though she had been warned before about her behavior.

“Those girls in their own testimony during the (disciplinary) hearing said they knew they were breaking the rules and that they deliberately broke the rules,” the talk show host was quoted as saying. Winfrey’s $40 million, 28-building campus is the fulfillment of a promise she made to former South African President Nelson Mandela and aims to give poor girls a quality education and prepare them for leadership positions in a country where state schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of white-minority rule.

“The majority of girls are thriving, really fulfilling the dream and vision I had,” Winfrey told the newspaper. “They really have exceeded any expectations I had for them. In spite of everything that’s happened, what keeps me inspired and hopeful is the heart of every girl, because they are wonderful, they are magnificent.”

Hat’s off to ‘O’ for maintaining the vision and keeping hope alive, but we all know it’s only a matter of time before them heffahs stir up more ass clownery for the talk show queen to sweep under the rug. SMH.

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