Mandela grandson's bail conditions revisited

2015-11-09 12:35
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Johannesburg - The grandson of the late former president Nelson Mandela, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday where his bail conditions were reviewed.

- Read: Confusion over Mandela grandson court case

The 24-year-old, who was bailed in August, had his bail conditions relaxed several weeks ago after he was admitted to One Military Hospital.

Due to his hospital admission, the young rape-accused was unable to report to the police station twice a week as previously ordered and was not at the residential address he had listed with the court.

Magistrate Pieter du Plessis on Monday told him that the old bail conditions would now apply again.

He would have to report to the Norwood police station on Monday and Thursday and remain at his fixed address in Houghton, Johannesburg.

While the Mandela man had also been ordered by the court to refrain from contacting any witnesses in the matter, City Press reported in September that he had sent a video to his alleged victim via social networking site Snapchat.

In the video – subtitled Monday Missions, with four unhappy-face emoticons followed by another line of text: “Conditions of life...” – Mandela laments having to report to the police station.

In it, he says: “Again and again, it’s the same old thing. You know what I’m saying? F***ing bail conditions and s**t, mother f***ing dammit man.”

Ordered to stay in the province

Du Plessis on Monday reminded Mandela to stick to the bail conditions and refrain from contacting witnesses.

He was also ordered to stay in the province. The investigating officer in the case would still keep Mandela's passport in his possession.

Dressed in a dark suit, the accused, who bears a striking resemblance to his iconic late grandfather, nodded in agreement.

The case was postponed to December 14 for further investigations.

Supporting the accused was Ndaba Mandela, who sat all by himself in the second bench of the court gallery.

On the opposite end of the court was a woman presumed to be a relative of the alleged victim.

It was alleged that Mandela had raped the teenager on August 7.

‘No idea she was under age’

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 under age.

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.

During his bail application, Mandela had through his lawyer, requested that the court treat him like a normal citizen and not a Mandela.

However, when court proceedings adjourned on Monday, he and Ndaba Mandela used the staff exit to leave the court.

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