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Mandla Mandela gets a suspended sentence

Mandla Mandela had previously been convicted of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Chief Mandla Mandela and his wife Thando Mabuno-Mandela. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla, has received a suspended sentence in the Mthatha Magistrates Court.

The Mvezo chief was previously found guilty of assaulting a local teacher in a road rage incident in 2013.

His suspended sentence was handed down on Wednesday.

The defence had told the court Mandela is the family breadwinner and a first time offender, but the prosecution wanted the African National Congress Member of Parliament to be sent to prison.

Mandela had been convicted of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, an offence that could result in a jail term.

Nelson Mandela's grandson has been granted leave to appeal against his suspended sentence for assault.

He was fined R10,000, part of which has been suspended for a year.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Luxolo Tyali said, "They have made an application for leave to appeal but it was turned down so they were allowed to appeal the sentence."

Mandla's attorney Billy Gundelfinger says they will lodge papers with the Eastern Cape judge president within 14 days.

He believes a higher court will come to a different conclusion.

Magistrate Noluthando Conjwa has refused Mandela's application for leave to appeal the conviction.