Mandla Mandela faces assault ‘victim’

2014-01-16 12:53

Mandla Mandela, former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, appeared at the Mthatha Regional Court this morning on two criminal charges.

Mandela made his first appearance on charges of assault and the pointing of a firearm and came face to face with his alleged victim, Mlamli Ngudle, for the first time since the incident in October last year.

Wearing a navy suit, Mandela appeared calm and often stared into space during the brief court appearance.

Mandela, who is usually accompanied by Thembu men and family elders, his wife, Mbalenhle Makhathini , and his mother, Nolusapho, cut a lone figure during his appearance today.

He arrived at court alone, driving a black Toyota bakkie.

He was not asked to plead and the case was postponed to February 24, on the request of his defence team who still wishes to familiarise themselves with the case.

He is out on a warning.

His legal representative, Advocate Kenny Oldwage, told the court he only received the documents related to the case this morning and needed time to study them and to map the way forward together with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Oldwage said he would not be present in court on February 24, but gave the assurance the matter would not be delayed because Mandela and his lawyer, Haroon Wadee, would be in court.

Soon after the matter was adjourned, Mandela and his lawyers left the courtroom and went straight to the offices of senior public prosecutor Jongikhaya Busakwe for further discussion about the case.

NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said though there was no deal with Mandela’s legal team, the NPA was “open to any discussions which could lead to justice being served”.

Mandela and his lawyer refused to comment.

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