Mandela 'rape' shebeen: We had to close our doors

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Bloemfontein – Mama’s Shebeen, where one of Nelson Mandela's grandsons allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl, has closed its doors.  

“Since the alleged rape, we haven't recovered. So as a result we have been struggling to sustain the place, and now 20 people are jobless,” the owner Yaw Dwomoh told News24 on Monday.    

The restaurant in Greenside, Johannesburg, closed on December 9. Before the incident the restaurant made R274 000 a month. This subsequently dropped to R158 000 a month.  

“It has been stressful. My business has taken a heavy toll. The incident did not happen in my restaurant and both the victim and the accused did not kiss or do anything in my restaurant,” Dwomoh said.  

Local residents came down hard on him and compromised his business on social media.  

“The guy who saw them kissing saw them at the back yard of a cottage behind my restaurant, and now innocent people have to bear the brunt of two people’s irresponsible selfish behaviour. It’s really unfair. 

“No one wanted to associate with a place that has made headlines in the media. There is no way we were going to survive,” he said.   

The former president’s grandson allegedly raped the teenager on August 7. He was granted R7 000 bail after spending more than a week in jail.

In her affidavit, the victim claimed the accused forcefully kissed her, put his hands in her pants, and raped her.

The 24-year-old disputed this. In his affidavit he said the sex was consensual and that he had no idea she was a minor. He said the pub where they met did not allow entry to people under the age of 21. He alleged the girl was drinking and smoking, adding to the perception that she was older.

The trial was heard in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.

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