Mandela grandson's case: Victim's father speaks out

The father of the 15-year-old girl says they hope justice will be served.

FILE: The father of the 15-year-old girl says they hope justice will be served.

JOHANNESBURG - The father of a 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by one of Nelson Mandela's grandsons, has spoken out for the first time saying he hopes the 24-year-old will not receive preferential treatment.

The young man briefly appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Friday, where his bail application was postponed to Tuesday.

City Press has spoken to the girl's family who say they are devastated.

The paper says it has spoken to a source close to the prosecution who says the accused, who cannot be named, is being detained in a single cell in Johannesburg Central Police Station.

They are also reporting that the alleged victim wrote in her police statement that the two were only friends after she told him she only wanted a platonic relationship, but that he refused to accept this.

The defence team claims the sex was consensual and that according to her Facebook profile she is 16-year-old and not 15 as she has claimed in court.

If the defence can prove that she's older than what she says she is, the charge could be reduced.

The girl's father says she doesn't have an identity document, but her birth certificate can prove that she was born in 2000, making her 15-years-old.