Wednesday 29 March 2017

Nelson Mandela's grandson granted bail on rape charge

Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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A South African judge has granted bail to one of Nelson Mandela's grandsons who is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Judge Pieter Du Plessis granted bail to the 24-year-old Mbuso Mandela who is accused of raping the girl at a Johannesburg restaurant on August 7.

In granting bail, the judge said there was a reasonable prospect that a trial could end in an acquittal.

Lawyers for Mandela grandson's tried to prove that the teenager appeared to be above the legal age of consent, which is 16. They also argued that the encounter was consensual, presenting written witness testimony. 

Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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