Man­dela grand­son in court again

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - RABBIE SERUMULA and ANA

A grand­son of South African strug­gle icon Nel­son Man­dela, ap­peared briefly in the Joburg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day on a charge of rape. The mat­ter was post­poned to Mon­day.

The grand­son, 24, is ac­cused of rap­ing a 15-year-old girl in the bath­room of a restau­rant in Green­side, Jo­han­nes­burg, on Au­gust 7.

He was re­leased in Au­gust on bail of R7 000.

He in­sisted in court pa­pers sub­mit­ted dur­ing his bail ap­pli­ca­tion that the sex was con­sen­sual.

But his ac­cuser coun­tered that he force­fully kissed her in a dark pas­sage lead­ing from the restau­rant to the toi­lets, reached into her pants, and forced her to the ground be­fore sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her.

A chef who saw the kiss said in a writ­ten state­ment it was “in­ti­mate” and con­sen­sual, so he had no rea­son to be alarmed.

He said if the girl had screamed or strug­gled, as she claimed, he would cer­tainly have heard it.

The defence claimed the girl had not only given an in­cor­rect age on the night of the in­ci­dent, but also used so­cial me­dia ac­counts to sug­gest she was older.

The grand­son in­sisted in his af­fi­davit that he couldn’t be­lieve she was so young. She had said she was older than 18, and was drink­ing and smok­ing.

He also claimed she had “strad­dled” him as he sat in a chair in the restau­rant.

His bail con­di­tions were amended in Septem­ber so that he could be treated for de­pres­sion at One Mil­i­tary Hospi­tal in Pre­to­ria. He also has to re­port to the Lyt­tel­ton po­lice sta­tion twice a week.

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