The late statesman’s 24-year-old grandson, Mbuso, was arrested over the weekend after he was accused of raping the girl in a bathroom stall at a popular restaurant in the Johannesburg suburb of Greenside
Johannesburg: A man identified as one of Nelson Mandela’s grandsons has been arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl, South African police said yesterday. Mbuso Mandela is in police custody and will appear in a Johannesburg magistrates court on Friday for a bail hearing, said police spokeswoman Brig. Mashadi Selepe. He appeared briefly in court Monday when he was charged with rape. The rape allegedly took place at a restaurant in Greenside, a Johannesburg suburb, on August 7, Selepe said. The matter was reported to police a week later and Mandela was arrested last Saturday, she said.
Mbuso is one of the late South African president’s 17 grandchildren. The police, however, insisted that he would not be treated differently from any other suspect. Pic/GettyImages
The teenage girl was having dinner with some friends when she excused herself to go to the bathroom, her family’s spokesman told the Daily Sun. Mandela allegedly attacked her inside. “He grabbed her and raped her inside one of the toilets,” the spokesman said. After the attack, the Mandela family tried to interfere with cops’ investigation, the victim’s family claimed.
Mandela family matriarch Winnie Madikizela-Mandela sent her bodyguard — disguised as a cop — to the victim’s home, the spokesman said. The undercover bodyguard allegedly told the girl’s family that police would not arrest the suspected rapist.
“When the father asked to see his badge, he didn’t have one. It turned out he had been sent by Winnie,” the family spokesman said. The survivor’s family is furious over the way the Mandelas have handled the situation. Mbuso is one of the late South African president’s 17 grandchildren. The police, however, insisted that he would not be treated differently from any other suspect. “All the rights of suspects are upheld during their investigation and lawful custody," Selepe said.
Mandla, the oldest of Mandela’s grandsons, was convicted early this year for assaulting a Mthatha teacher two years ago. While the Chief of Mvezo, Mandela was found guilty of assault, he was acquitted on a charge of pointing a firearm. Mandela attacked Mlamli Ngudle during an altercation in a street in Mthatha in 2013 after Ngudle allegedly bumped a car belonging to Mandela’s business associates. Ngudle alleged that Mandela slapped him across the face and kicked him while pointing him with a firearm. During the trial, Magistrate Noluthando Conjwa said there was no evidence supporting the allegation of a firearm.