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Mandla Mandela granted leave to appeal assault conviction

Mandla Mandela’s application for leave to appeal the conviction was heard by judges in Grahamstown.

FILE: Former president Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mandla Mandela has been granted leave to appeal his assault conviction.

Mandela, who is Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson, was found guilty of assaulting teacher Mlamli Ngudle during a road rage incident in the streets of Mthatha two years ago.

His application for leave to appeal the conviction was heard by judges in the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown today.

Mandela's attorney Billy Gundelfinger said, "Mandla Mandela was given leave to appeal against the conviction of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm by the High Court in the Eastern Cape."

The Mthatha Regional Court already granted Mandela the opportunity to appeal his R10,000 fine.