Don't try me as a Mandela - rape accused

2015-08-25 12:25
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Johannesburg - A grandson of late former president Nelson Mandela, accused of raping an underage girl, on Tuesday asked that his matter be treated normally.

"He does not want to be tried as a Mandela but he wants to be tried as a normal person," his lawyer, Marinda Veldsman, told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

The grandson, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, is alleged to have raped a 15-year-old girl at a pub in Greenside on August 7.

While the 24-year-old man is yet to plead to the Schedule 6 offence he faces, he has indicated in several affidavits that the sex was consensual. He has also claimed he had no idea the girl was underage.

Eyewitness

An eyewitness who is at a chef at the Mamma's pub has backed his version of events.

The eyewitness said in an affidavit that he saw the couple kissing in the passageway of the restaurant.

"They seemed very comfortable with each other... I noticed nothing untoward," Veldsman said, reading from the affidavit.

The chef claimed to have turned his focus from them and heard no noise or sign of a struggle.

According to the complainant, however, the accused allegedly forcefully kissed her, put his hands in her pants, turned her towards the wall, threw her on the floor and raped her. She said she was screaming at the time.

The true age of the girl was once again the subject of scrutiny after the State handed in her birth certificate, proving she was underage. The State has told the court she was 15-years-old.

The birth certificate however, did not correspond with the names under which she laid the charges.

Age restriction

Mandela's lawyers have argued they cannot be sure that the document belongs to her, adding that on her social media accounts, the girl claimed to be 16.

Putting the case down for bail, Veldsman also argued that Mandela had no way of knowing the girl was underage as the pub had an age restriction of 21. He also claimed that the complainant was drinking and smoking with her friends in full view of him.

The accused said he was not a flight risk, was unemployed and had no assets. He said he had co-operated with the police and did not know the residential address of the witnesses.

The accused, who has fathered two children and is expecting a third, said he could pay bail of between R5 000 and R10 000.

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