Winnie Mandela and former President Nelson Mandela’s grandson appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court and charged with raping a 15-year old girl in Greenside, South Africa. The teen allegedly cornered the girl and raped her inside one of the toilets.
The young man, who is in his 20s, cannot be named until he is proved guilty of the allegation levelled against him.
Daily Sun reports, the incident took place at a popular restaurant on Friday, August 14th, and the boy’s grandmother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s bodyguard intimidated the father of the rape victim when he initially tried to file a criminal charge against him, according to the girl’s family spokesperson.
“Instead, Winnie’s bodyguard went to the family pretending to be a cop. The father was told there was no need to arrest the suspect but when the father asked to see his badge, he didn’t have one. It turned out he had been sent by Winnie“ he said.
Meanwhile, Winnie Mandela promised to hand him over to the police. She also said she will call a press conference. None of the promises has been so far kept.“
“Just because they have a famous surname, they think they can get away with crime. Children can’t just be raped and then everything is alright. The girl is young and doesn’t even drink“ the spokesperson added.
Gauteng police spokesman Brigadier Mashadi Selepe said they are investigating a case of rape opened on August 14.