Nelson Mandela’s grandson charged with rape

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Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mbuso Mandela, 24, has been charged with allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.

Mandela appeared in a Johannesburg court on Monday, where he looked “calm and collected,” South Africa’s The Star newspaper reported. He later returned to police custody, where he will remain until he appears in court for a second time on Friday for a bail hearing, reports the Guardian.

According to the Daily Sun, Mandela was arrested over the weekend after he was accused of raping the teenager in a bathroom stall at a popular bar in the Johannesburg suburb of Greenside, which she attended with friends.

According to Gauteng police spokeswoman Brigadier Mashadi Selepe, the investigation is ongoing. “According to the complainant, it happened on 7 August 2015. It was reported to the police on the 14 August 2015,” she revealed.

Mandela is one of the late South African president’s 17 grandchildren. But that doesn’t mean he’ll receive any special treatment. In fact, he’ll be treated like any other citizen. “All the rights of suspects are upheld during their investigation and lawful custody,” Selepe continued.

Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 in December 2013. The anti-apartheid activist famously spent 27 years in prison for treason before becoming the country’s first Black president in 1994.

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