Johannesburg : A grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela will remain in custody until next week after his bail plea on a charge of raping a 15-year-old girl was adjourned by a court here.
Magistrate Paul du Plessis of the Johannesburg Magistrates Court adjourned hearings to August 25 after earlier this morning allowing an adjournment until the afternoon so that legal counsel could prepare affidavits for submission to justify granting of bail. In terms of South African law, Mandela’s 24-year-old grandson and the alleged victim cannot be named until he has pleaded on the charge.
The incident allegedly occurred in a toilet cubicle at a local restaurant on August 7. After the adjournment, lawyers for the accused argued that the alleged victim’s Facebook profile indicated that she was 16 years old, rendering her above the legal age of consent.