The 24-year-old, who can’t be named until he has pleaded, is also facing assault charges after a 41-year-old woman laid charges against him at the Norwood Police Station, EyeWitness News reports.
According to the article, the accused, who was admitted to hospital last week, allegedly for stress, could also be re-arrested for failing to appear in court for a maintenance issue. The warrant of arrest for this case was delivered to the police station a day before the alleged rape took place.
The man was arrested earlier this month after he was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at a pub in Greenside, Johannesburg. According to The Guardian, the incident took place on 7 August, and a rape case was opened on 14 August. He was released on R7 000 bail last week.
Speaking on behalf of the Mandela family on Tuesday, after bail was approved, Ndaba Mandela said the family believes justice will prevail, EyeWitness News reports.
The father of the alleged victim believes the same, telling City Press last week: “Justice is what is we believe in. God is what we believe in, and we know God will always come through for the righteous. My daughter is not doing well at all. My whole family is not coping with what happened.”
He added that he hoped the accused would not get special treatment, and reiterated that his daughter is below the age of consent.
“My daughter doesn’t even have an ID; she only has a birth certificate. She was born in 2000, and she definitely is 15 years old,” he said. “I have always heard about rape, but once it hits a person close to you, you realise it’s a painful thing that you don’t wish on anyone.
“I’m just praying that this case will be treated like any other rape case.”