Confusion over Mandela grandson's court case

2015-09-16 19:30
Makaziwe Mandela and another member of the Mandela family arrive at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. (Stefan Heunis, AFP)

Makaziwe Mandela and another member of the Mandela family arrive at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. (Stefan Heunis, AFP)

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Johannesburg - There was some confusion at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday where a grandson of former president Nelson Mandela accused of raping a 15-year-old girl was due to appear.

A court official said Mandela was no longer scheduled to appear, but that his case had been moved to a later date.

Melvin Neale, who is on the young Mandela's defence team, confirmed that the matter was not heard in court as previously scheduled.

"I cannot tell you the reasons. This will be revealed in court on November 6," he said, refusing to divulge any more information.

The 24-year-old father of three, who bears a striking resemblance to his late grandfather, was granted R7 000 bail last month after spending over a week in jail.

During his bail application, he requested that he "not be treated as a Mandela but a normal citizen of the country".

The State alleged that the young man raped the teenager on August 7.

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

The accused has disputed this, claiming in his affidavit the sex was consensual and that he had no idea she was underage.

He claimed the pub where they had met did not allow entry to people under the age of 21.

The girl was also drinking and smoking, it was alleged, adding to the perception that she was older.

A chef from the pub handed in an affidavit claiming the pair were making out in the passageway of the pub.

He claimed to have witnessed nothing untoward.

Meanwhile, the bail conditions of the young man include him remaining at the same residential address, handing over his passport, not communicating with any witnesses and remaining in Gauteng.

He was also expected to report to the Norwood police station twice a week.

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