Mbuso Mandela, one of the late Nelson Mandela’s grandsons, has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl in a bar in South Africa.


Mbuso, 24, appeared in court on Monday in Johannesburg, although he will remain in police custody until his formal bail hearing on Friday, South Africa’s The Star reported. This is just one in a long line of scandals surrounding the Mandela family.

The teenage girl was having dinner with some friends in a popular Johannesburg restaurant when she excused herself to go to the bathroom, where Mbuso allegedly raped her.

“He grabbed her and raped her inside one of the toilets,” the girl’s family spokesman told the Daily Sun.

According to the girl’s family, the Mandela’s tried to dissuade them from pressing charges. “Just because they have a famous surname, they think they can get away with crime,” the family’s spokesman said. “Children can’t just be raped and then everything is alright.”

Mbuso will argue that their interaction was consensual, and that he was unaware of her age due to the fact that the bar did not allow people under 21 on its premises, BBC reported.

According to South African law, sex with an individual under the age of 16 is classified as rape, whether it is consensual or not.

Mbuso’s bail hearing will take place on Friday.

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