Nelson Mandela Grandson Admitted To Bail On Rape Charges
A grandson of former president Nelson Mandela was today granted bail of R7000 in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court‚ where he is facing a charge of rape involving a teenage girl.
He was arrested at his Houghton home earlier this month in connection with the alleged rape that took place on August 7 in the yard of Mama’s Shebeen‚ a popular restaurant in Greenside‚ Johannesburg.
The 24-year-old man has been in police custody for more than a week following his arrest for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old at a Greenside pub this month.
The alleged victim’s age came under the spotlight, as defence lawyers sought to prove their claim that she is 16-years-old, not 15.
The lawyers for Madiba’s grandson presented an affidavit from an eyewitness who claims to have seen him have consensual sex with the girl who is accusing him of rape.
They claim this version contradicts the 15-year-old’s account of a violent attack at the pub.
The court has also been told the girl allegedly lied about her age on the night of the alleged crime and claimed to be 18-years-old.
The exact age of his alleged victim was a crucial determinant in how difficult it was for the accused to be granted bail.
Meanwhile, the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has sent prayers to the teenage accuser.
“While we respect the right of any accused person to be presumed innocent until proven guilty‚ our thoughts and prayers are with the victim during this difficult and trying time‚” the women’s league said in a statement.
“The ANCWL has always maintained‚ and continues to do so‚ that gender-based violence of any form has no place in our society. We call on all South Africans‚ especially during Women’s Month (August)‚ to unite and fight against gender-based violence in our societies and completely root it completely out of our communities‚” said ANCWL Secretary General Meokgo Matuba.
She urged law enforcements agencies “to act swiftly whenever and wherever this scourge rears its ugly head by arresting and bringing to book the perpetrators”.
“The ANCWL calls on the courts to deliver the harshest possible sentence against those found guilty of gender-based violence.”