Nelson Mandela’s grandson, 24-year-old Mbuso Mandela, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl, according to South African police.
Mbuso is currently in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday for a bail hearing. According South Africa’s Star newspaper , the rape allegedly took place on Aug. 7, and was reported to the police a week later.
Police said the rape occurred while the girl was dining at a popular Johannesburg restaurant.
She was having dinner with some friends when she excused herself to go to the bathroom, her family’s spokesman told the Daily Sun. Mandela allegedly attacked her inside.
“He grabbed her and raped her inside one of the toilets,” the spokesman said.
According to the victim’s family, the Mandela family has tried to interfere with the investigation.
The family said Winnie Madikizela-Mandela sent her bodyguard — disguised as a cop — to the victim’s home, the spokesman said. The undercover bodyguard allegedly told the girl’s family that police would not arrest the suspected rapist.
“When the father asked to see his badge, he didn’t have one. It turned out he had been sent by Winnie,” the family spokesman said.