Nelson Mandela’s grandson has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl inside a South African bar bathroom.
Mbuso Mandela, 24, appeared in a Johannesburg court Monday. He will stay in police custody until at least Friday, when he is given a formal bail hearing, South Africa’s Star newspaper reported.
Police said Mandela sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl Friday while dining at a popular Johannesburg restaurant.
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.
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 victim’s family is furious over the way the Mandelas have handled the situation.
“Just because they have a famous surname, they think they can get away with crime,” the spokesman said. “Children can’t just be raped and then everything is alright.”
Mbuso Mandela is one of the late Nelson Mandela’s 17 grandchildren.
Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist and icon of freedom, was elected South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994. He was jailed between 1962 and 1990 for fighting against the nation’s apartheid. He died in 2013 at the age of 95.