Mandela's son-in-law gets R500 000 bail

2010-12-20 22:36

Johannesburg - An Interpol spokesperson said on Monday that bail had been granted for the son-in-law of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Isaac Amuah, a former professor at Manchester Community Technical College, turned himself in to South African police on Monday, and was granted bail of R500 000.

Amuah had left Connecticut 12 years ago while facing sexual assault charges. He strongly denies all charges.

Amuah is accused of sexually assaulting a 34-year-old student inside the professor's Manchester flat in 1993.

He was given permission to travel to South Africa for the holidays in 1993 and never returned.

Amuah is married to Mandela's oldest daughter, Makaziwe, who was present at the bail hearing.

Interpol's Tummi Shai says Amuah has been very co-operative. His next court appearance is set for February 11.

  • sakkie - 2010-12-20 23:52

    News24's editorial credibility is really going down the drain. First a 16 year old gets raped by "7" assailants in 2 incidents (where 2+4=7), and now "Amuah had left Connecticut 12 years ago" and "He was given permission to travel to South Africa for the holidays in 1993 and never returned" (where 1993+12=2010). Seriously dudes, there's a calculator right there on your PC

      MK - 2010-12-21 00:07

      Great Calculation Sakkie. They however use a different Formula to calculate our Taxes (where 4+5=20 +white tax x2=70)

      peninsulatimber - 2010-12-21 00:13

      Yep, that's real bad. Do they really pay these noobsters to make this obvious mistakes? Clever nuh. - 2010-12-21 08:14

      MK -What k@k! White taxes? What about Indian taxes? Coloured Taxes? Stop feeling sorry for yourself- we all pay taxes.

  • Warslat - 2010-12-21 05:59

    How the hell do they give some bloke who has already shown he runs from the law bail. Obviously the Mandela connection helps

      vee - 2010-12-21 08:14

      Well, if other members of your family can get away with kidnapping and murder then what's a bit of rape, fraud, ........ - 2010-12-21 08:15

      Exactly! Yet the same government appeals bail for Shrien Dewani - a man who an immaculate history.

      Observer - 2010-12-21 08:31

      I think it might be because he handed himself in willingly? - 2010-12-21 09:15

      Yes Shrien handed himself willingly to London police when he knew of the Interpol red alert for him. This Mandela son-in-law guy he ran away from the USA despite a pending court case against him (which he was granted permission to leave the USA on condition he returned for his case) but hes granted bail by the same government who wanted bail denied for Mr Dewani.

  • Bhuga - 2010-12-21 08:17

    R we commenting on the story or is this about race? - 2010-12-21 09:16

      Bhuga same ol' racists at it again - it usually comes from one side of the color spectrum though.

  • BilboBaggins - 2010-12-21 08:17

    Will all of you cut the crap! Assault of any kind is wrong, regardless of who commits it. If he is innocent then he should have returned to face the charges and clear his name. Do you for one second think our news of continual rape, robbery, serious assault and murder are not read by the entire world? We live amongst violent people and until the police get their act together, there is nothing we can do about it. STOP the stupid, useless racist remarks please.

      jack.dijzel - 2010-12-21 12:49

      Gatsby Kasamula Sebamba why is it when a white says something about (any) color, he's a racist but when a person of color says something about the whites it's the truth. from now on we are all green!

  • weskusklong - 2010-12-21 09:11

    I have to admit, I do agree with a lot of what is being said by all the differnt people, must reading the comments every morning always gives me my comic relief for the day!!!

  • jon4plk - 2010-12-21 09:24

    I dont condone the killing of anything at all seeing that we didnt invent life.The media is simply selling the story of Hlongwane.Why do they have to mention all the time that he is someones son-in -law?.At the time of the alleged crime, his father -in- law was on the list of unwanted people in America-on the terrorist list.Hi sname ws only cleared in 2007,so the claim that he used his connections doesnt carry water.If they had just mentioned his name without the connection,it wouldnt have have had same effect. Iam fascinated to see how little people know about things-total reliance on the media-who are in the business of selling space. Reminds me of the days of the Citizen Newspaper-and now the ANC is trying its luck with the New Age-new age my ass-government propaganda machine if you ask me. I mean really Immelmap,MK,Ozymandios,Robnob-what connection does the story have with the mans race?or tax?you making it sound like you are the only ones paying tax.

  • tyronism - 2010-12-21 09:30

    Wow people... All these comments about race so early in the morning. It amazes me how in this country rape or sexual assault is never taken seriously... here someone has been allegedly sexually assaulted by the son in law of this countries greatest hero... HONESTLY PEOPLE. Any other country this would be the most shocking story of the year... but in good old mother Africa... it’s just a daily occurrence!! Makes me sick!!!

  • jon4plk - 2010-12-21 09:57

    Most of you-black,white,coloured or indian are full of nonsense.You are spweing hated from all types of orifices in your body.Coming up with lame excuses for murder,rape,laziness and plain stupidity. Sitting on high horses with clay legs,preaching about superiority and civilisation without an ounce of humility let alone an understanding of humanity.I remember one Adolfus Heidler Schicklgruber(Hitler) and on Joseph Jughashvilli(Stalin):it follows that white people are responsible for killing 6 million people becoz of their race:There were very few Jews in Linz. In the course of centuries the Jews who lived there had become Europeanised in external appearance and were so much like other human beings that I even looked upon them as Germans. The reason why I did not then perceive the absurdity of such an illusion was that the only external mark which I recognized as distinguishing them from us was the practice of their strange religion. As I thought that they were persecuted on account of their faith my aversion to hearing remarks against them grew almost into a feeling of abhorrence. I did not in the least suspect that there could be such a thing as a systematic antisemitism. Once, when passing through the inner City, I suddenly encountered a phenomenon in a long caftan and wearing black side-locks. My first thought was: Is this a Jew? They certainly did not have this appearance in Linz. I carefully watched the man stealthily and cautiously but the longer I gazed at the strange countenance and examined it feature by feature, the more the question shaped itself in my brain: Is this a German?

  • Lionel - 2010-12-21 10:07

    Given permission to travel to SA by the USA authorities for the holidays in 1993 and then thereafter not returning to the USA, tells me that he is guilty. Why has it taken 17 years and then only to han himself over to local police? Also shows that USA authorities will not give up on a crime case, despite how long it may take. This surely is not the case in SA.

  • v3 - 2010-12-21 11:37

    Poor Mandela. He lost his son. his grandchild and now this. No one deserves such rotten luck. Hey guys, let's give the racism a brake [spelling on purpose], 'tis the Season of Goodwill to all.

      Heks - 2010-12-21 13:28

      V3 There is no poor about Mandela. If you are famous people know all about you even if your son in law is a criminal. That is part of the deal. (with all respect)

  • Max - 2010-12-21 13:06

    South African women must know that foreigners are bad news. Marry them, and you look cheap. Who is that gospel singer who married Nigerian 'pastor' and now single again.

  • Craig - 2010-12-21 14:56

    Have Mandela and the SA police knowingly harboured this guy for the over a decade without trying to hard him over to the Yank cops?

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