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Mandela's grandson might be rearrested as more trouble brews

The 24-year-old is now facing charges of assault and failure to pay maintenance in addition to a rape charge.

The Mandela family celebrates outside the Johannesburg Magistrates Court after one of the former president's grandsons, accused of rape, is granted R7,000 bail. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Clarity is expected this week as to whether Nelson Mandela's grandson could face possible rearrest, this time for dodging maintenance.

Police have confirmed he is now facing charges of assault and failure to pay maintenance in addition to a rape charge.

Authorities say a 41-year-old woman opened the assault case at the Norwood Police Station after she was allegedly beaten by the 24-year-old earlier this month.

The accused allegedly beat up the woman at his grandfather's residence in the same month he was arrested for raping a minor at a bar in Greenside.

The police's Makoma Senyane says, "A case has been opened for assault. The investigation is ongoing."

It's also emerged police are trying to trace an outstanding warrant of arrest for the rape accused.

According to the Sunday Times the warrant was issued this month after he failed to appear in court on a maintenance matter.

The 24-year-old is currently out on bail of R7,000.

WATCH: _Ndaba Mandela reacts to his relative being granted bail. _