Mandela son-in law out on bail

2010-12-21 09:06

The son-in-law of former president Nelson Mandela, who is wanted in the United States on rape charges, was granted R500 000 bail in the Randburg Magistrates Court, The Times newspaper reported today.

Isaac Amuah, the husband to Mandela’s eldest daughter Makaziwe, appeared in court yesterday following an extradition request from the US.

The US intends to charge Amuah on seven counts, including three of sexual assault, three of kidnapping and one of failing to appear in a Connecticut court on three occasions after being granted bail, the newspaper reported.

Amuah is accused of sexually assaulting an algebra student in 1993 while he was an assistant professor at the Manchester Technical community College in Hartford, Connecticut.

The first warrant for his arrest was issued by the US in January 1994, a month after left the United States for South Africa.

Amuah handed himself to the police yesterday, after an Interpol official failed to find him at his Hyde Park home, north of Johannesburg.

Amuah denied the rape claims in an affidavit read in court by his lawyer, Johan Schaefer.

“She alleges that over a period of time on different occasions, I sexually assaulted her at my residence,” the affidavit read.

Amuah said that it was important to note that his family was living with him at the time.

He said the complainant initially claimed that he had sexually harassed her and reported him to the college.

After an internal investigation at the college, the woman was not satisfied with the outcomes and “escalated the charges to sexual assault” and laid charges at the police station.

Amuah who has properties in various parts of South Africa told the court that he suffered from a kidney malfunction, diabetes, high levels of cholesterol and hypertension.

He said he had travelled to South Africa with permission of the court while his case in the US was pending.

His bail conditions include reporting to Rosebank police station every Friday between 6am and 6pm.

He can not apply for new travel documents until the case is finalised and he must notify Interpol of plans to travel outside Gauteng. He will have to apply to the court if he wants to travel abroad.

Amuah is due to appear in court in February.

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