Johannesburg : Nelson Mandela’s 24-year-old grandson appeared in court on charges of raping a 15-year-old, police said, in a new scandal to tarnish the family of the anti-apartheid icon, reports AFP.

Mbuso Mandela remains in police custody and will return to the Johannesburg magistrate court on Friday for a bail hearing, police spokeswoman Mashadi Selepe told AFP.

He is alleged to have raped the girl at a Johannesburg restaurant over a week ago.

According to media reports, the victim was having dinner with some friends at a pub in Greenside, north of Johannesburg, when she excused herself to go to the bathroom. Mandela allegedly attacked her inside the toilet.

Mbuso Mandela is one of the late Nelson Mandela’s 17 grandchildren. Another of Mandela’s grandchildren, Mandla, the oldest of the late statesman’s grandsons, was convicted early this year of assaulting a 40-year-old motorist during a road-rage incident. Mandla had been convicted of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

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