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Mandela's grandson not off the hook just yet

The rape case was provisionally withdrawn against the 25-year-old yesterday.

FILE: The 25-year-old man was arrested for the alleged rape of a girl. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says further investigations will determine whether it will reinstate a rape charge against one of Nelson Mandela's grandsons.

The 25-year-old man was arrested last year for the alleged rape of a girl who was 15-years-old at the time.

While his trial was meant to begin yesterday, the State says it's now in possession of new information that affects its ability to proceed with the case .

The NPA says more time is needed for investigations following the receipt of new information.

"Once we have decided to proceed with prosecution, it simply means that notice will be given to the accused to appear in court again," spokesperson Phindi Louw said.

The State says it's in the best interests of the alleged teenage victim that the matter be struck off the roll for now.

This means the 25-year-old man is now free of any charges or bail conditions.

In previous court appearances, the main points of contention were whether the sex was consensual and whether the former accused was led to believe the girl was 18-years-old.

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