Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mbuso Mandela was granted bail Tuesday by a South African court after being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl earlier this month, reports AFP.
The 24-year old is alleged to have raped the teenager in the toilets of a bar in Johannesburg. His bail was set at $535 (£340) (7,000 rand) and he was ordered to surrender his passport.
Mandela’s lawyers have disputed the age of his accuser, arguing that she was 16 and that sex was consensual.Under South African law, sex with someone under 16 is classed as rape whether consensual or not.
However, the father of the girl claims that his daughter is actually 15, saying “My daughter doesn’t even have an ID. She only has a birth certificate. She was born in 2000, and she definitely is 15 years old. I have always heard about rape, but once it hits a person close to you, you realize it’s a painful thing that you don’t wish on anyone. I’m just praying that this case will be treated like any other rape case.”
Marinda Veldsman, Mbuso’s lawyer said, “Mbuso would adhere to his bail conditions because he is a father of two, with a third child on the way. He does not have a job.”
“He does not want to be tried as a Mandela, he wants to be tried as a normal person,” Veldsman assured the court.
Mbuso is set to reappear in court on September 16.