Mandela grandchild back in court for rape

AUGUST 25, 2015

The bail application of the 24-year-old grandson of Nelson Mandela, charged with rape, is expected to continue in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. 

The rape allegedly took place at a restaurant and pub in Greenside.

During his appearance last Friday, the court heard that the man believed the sex was consensual. There was also uncertainty over whether the girl was 15 or 16.

Magistrate Pieter du Plessis did not read statements into the record, but Mandela's lawyer Nico Swart highlighted that they believed that the girl was not underage. 

This was because on her Facebook page she says her birthday is on 29 February 1999.

He is currently facing a Schedule 6 offence because the girl is deemed to be underage. If she is 16, it would become a Schedule 5 offence.

His lawyer also said he still needed to get a statement from another witness whom he presumed was afraid to say anything because he was  in the country illegally.

He had asked for time to find the witness.