Mandela grandson’s trial set for March

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The rape case against the grandson of late former President Nelson Mandela has been postponed for further investigations.

The 24-year-old appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday. His trial is set to begin on March 9, 2016.

Mandela’s grandson is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in the bathroom of a restaurant in Johannesburg on August 27. He was granted R7 000 bail after spending over a week in prison.

His bail conditions ordered him to report to the Norwood police station on Monday and Thursday and remain at his fixed address in Houghton, Johannesburg.

The accused’s bail conditions were revisited after he was admitted to One Military Hospital and he was unable to report to the police station as ordered and he was not at the residential address he listed with the court.

In an affidavit, the accused claimed that he had no idea that the victim was under age because the place they were at, does not allow entry to people under the age of 21. He also stated to the court that the victim was also smoking and drinking and that to him indicated that she was older.

In her affidavit, the victim claims that the accused forcefully kissed her and put his hands in her pants and raped her.

The case was postponed on the 9th of November for further investigation. During the appearance his lawyers requested for his bail conditions to be returned to their original form.

Simangele Legodi 

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