The National Prosecuting Authority has withdrawn a rape case against one of Nelson Mandela’s grandson whom they have refused to name. They told the BBC the case was withdrawn against the 24-year-old pending further investigations.
A 15-year-old had alleged the 24-year old raped her in the toilets of a Johannesburg bar in 2015. But he denied the allegation and said the sex was consensual and he believed she was much older.
Prosecutors now say “new information has come to light” and they need more time look into it.
During the hearing in August, his lawyers disputed the age of his accuser, saying she was 16, the age of consent.
Under South African law, sex with someone under 16 is classed as rape whether consensual or not.