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Mandela's grandson case: Defence attempts to trace key witness

The 24-year-old who is accused of raping a 15-year-old will return to court next week.

FILE: The 24-year-old who is accused of raping a 15-year-old will return to court next week.

JOHANNESBURG - Defence lawyers for one of Nelson Mandela's grandsons, who is accused of rape, are working to trace a key witness in an effort to secure bail for the 24 year old.

Following delays in court on Friday, the man's bail application was postponed to next week for more information to be presented.

The magistrate says the defence has thus far failed to show evidence of exceptional circumstances that could warrant bail being granted.

One of Madiba's grandsons arrested last week will remain in police custody while his lawyer works to trace a witness who claims to have seen him with the minor accusing him of rape.

According to his defence, the witness could provide a detailed eyewitness account of what they say was consensual sex.

The 24-year-old was arrested last weekend, a week after the alleged rape of the 15-year-old girl, in the restroom of the Greenside restaurant.

His relatives, Ndaba, Makaziwe and Ndileka Mandela were in court yesterday to show their support.

His next appearance on Tuesday could decide whether he's released ahead of his trial.