MBUSO MAN­DELA TRIAL ‘My daugh­ter was raped’

Madiba’s trou­bled grand­son says sex was con­sen­sual. Club staff say the two be­haved like lovers

CityPress - - Front Page - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa@city­press.co.za by Abram Mashego – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing

The fa­ther of the teenage school­girl al­legedly raped by Mbuso Man­dela (24) has spo­ken of his pain and says he hopes that the last name of his daugh­ter’s al­leged at­tacker won’t lend him any spe­cial treat­ment.

The fu­ri­ous fa­ther told City Press this week that his en­tire fam­ily was left dev­as­tated by his daugh­ter’s or­deal, al­legedly brought upon her by late for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela’s grand­son out­side a res­tau­rant toi­let.

“My daugh­ter is not do­ing well at all. My whole fam­ily is not cop­ing with what hap­pened,” he told City Press on Fri­day.

On Tues­day, Mbuso Man­dela – who re­vealed on his charge sheet that he stays at the well-known Houghton home where his grand­fa­ther used to live – will for­mally ap­ply for bail. His suc­cess will hinge largely on the age of his ac­cuser.

Mbuso, whose lawyer claimed in court on Fri­day that the sex was con­sen­sual and that his al­leged vic­tim was 16 years old, is charged with a sched­ule 6 of­fence. This re­quires him to prove ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances that jus­tify his re­lease on bail from Johannesburg Cen­tral Prison – where he spent the past week.

How­ever, if his vic­tim is 16, his charge could be re­duced to a sched­ule 5 of­fence, which would make his bid for bail far eas­ier. Mbuso’s lawyer, Ad­vo­cate Nico Swart, told the court: “On her Face­book [page], she claims her birth­day is on Fe­bru­ary 29 1999.”

How­ever, the girl’s fa­ther in­sists she is only 15, and she does not yet have an iden­tity doc­u­ment.

Mag­is­trate Pis­to­rius du Plessis of the Johannesburg Mag­is­trates’ Court ruled on Fri­day that a copy of the al­leged vic­tim’s iden­tity book be pro­vided on Tues­day to prove the girl’s age.

“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,” the fa­ther said.

“I have al­ways heard about rape, but once it hits a per­son close to you, you re­alise 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,” he said.

How­ever, a source close to the pros­e­cu­tion told City Press that Mbuso was be­ing held in a sin­gle cell in Johannesburg Cen­tral Prison, un­like other re­mand pris­on­ers, who are placed in crowded com­mu­nal cells. Cor­rec­tional ser­vices spokesper­son Lo­gan Maistry de­clined to com­ment, say­ing only “we do not re­lease such in­for­ma­tion to the public”.

A source close to the Man­dela fam­ily told City Press that Mbuso and his ac­cuser were in a re­la­tion­ship when she ac­com­pa­nied him and a group of her friends to the Mam­mas She­been in the trendy Johannesburg sub­urb of Green­side ear­lier this month.

How­ever, a source close to the pros­e­cu­tion told City Press the girl wrote in her state­ment to po­lice that she had “friend­zoned” Mbuso – telling him she wanted only a pla­tonic re­la­tion­ship with him – and that he had re­fused to ac­cept this.

“In her af­fi­davit, the girl claims she thought she was just friends with Mbuso. But she feels he be­trayed her on Au­gust 7, when the in­ci­dent oc­curred,” the source said.

How­ever, a wait­ress at the res­tau­rant who was work­ing that night, who asked not to be named be­cause staff had been in­structed not to speak to the media, told City Press she saw the two very close to each other out­side the toi­lets where the rape is al­leged to have taken place.

“They were cosy the en­tire night and didn’t look like just friends at all,” she said.

The owner of Mam­mas She­been, who iden­ti­fied him­self only as Yaw, in­sists the al­leged rape did not take place in­side his es­tab­lish­ment, and the furore around it had “com­pro­mised” his busi­ness.

The area in which it al­legedly oc­curred is at the rear of the res­tau­rant, which is also the en­trance to the flats above.

On Fri­day night, a se­cu­rity guard was posted there and al­lowed no­body to loi­ter in the area.

Other sources at the res­tau­rant – which has a large sign over­head say­ing “strictly no un­der 21s” – said the teenage girl was a reg­u­lar there. The man­ager said that ear­lier this year, the girl was stopped at the en­trance and pro­duced an iden­tity doc­u­ment that in­di­cated she was 18 years old.

Mean­while, pros­e­cu­tion sources say that this is not Mbuso’s first brush with trou­ble.

Sources close to the fam­ily and the pros­e­cu­tion told City Press that, in De­cem­ber, Mbuso was in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent with one of Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Desmond Tutu’s grand­chil­dren in the early hours of the morn­ing af­ter a party. Mbuso’s Polo ve­hi­cle was a write-off, but the ac­ci­dent was not re­ported to the po­lice.

Mbuso was also widely re­ported to have had an af­fair with Réu­nion-born Anais Gri­maud, the for­mer wife of his eldest brother, Mandla. Mandla had in­tro­duced Anais’ son, a boy named Qheya Zanethemba, to Nel­son Man­dela as his own son.

The tra­di­tional mar­riage of Anais, who was Mandla’s sec­ond wife, fell apart af­ter pa­ter­nity tests were con­ducted. She then re­turned to the French In­dian Ocean is­land with her baby.

This week, Mbuso was sup­ported in court by his aunt Makaziwe, cousin Ndileka and sec­ond-eldest brother, Ndaba. Mbuso was or­phaned at the age of 14 when his fa­ther, Mak­gatho, died in 2005 of an Aids-re­lated ill­ness. His mother, Zondi, died some years ear­lier.

Last week, Sun­day Sun re­ported that Mbuso’s step-grand­mother, Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela, spoke to the al­leged vic­tim’s fa­ther, ask­ing for some time to hand her grand­son over to the po­lice.

The news­pa­per re­ported that the two fam­i­lies met at Madik­izela-Man­dela’s home in Soweto. The fa­ther claimed that Madik­izela-Man­dela’s body guards had called him pre­tend­ing to be po­lice of­fi­cers, and another fam­ily mem­ber re­port­edly said that the Man­de­las were “try­ing to tell the vic­tim’s mum not to press charges”.

PHOTO: AP

PUBLIC EYE Mbuso Man­dela, a grand­son of late for­mer SA pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela, out­side his

grand­fa­ther’s for­mer res­i­dence in Johannesburg. Mbuso has ap­peared in court charged with the al­leged rape of a girl thought

to be 15 years old

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