ANCWL thoughts and prayers with alleged Mandela rape victim

2015-08-25 18:17
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Johannesburg - The ANC Women's League on Tuesday said its thoughts and prayers were with the teenager who has accused former president Nelson Mandela's grandson of raping her.

"The African National Congress Women's League has noted the court case brought against the grandson of the late Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe, President Nelson Mandela, on allegations of raping an underage girl," it said in a statement.

"While we respect the right of any accused person to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, our thoughts and prayers are with the victim during this difficult and trying time."

The 24-year-old man, who may not be named until he has pleaded, was released on R7 000 bail by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

He is alleged to have raped the teenage girl at a pub in Greenside, Johannesburg, earlier this month.

While the accused has not yet pleaded, he has maintained that he and the girl had consensual sex. 

The ANCWL said gender-based violence had no place in South African society and it urged law enforcement agencies to act swiftly by arresting perpetrators.

Secretary general Meogo Matuba called on South Africans to fight against gender-based violence.

"The ANCWL calls on the courts to deliver the harshest possible sentence against those found guilty of gender based violence."

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