NPA welcomes Mandla Mandela appeal dismissal

Mandela is facing a R10,000 fine or five years in jail for the 2013 assault.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) has welcomed a dismissal of Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela's appeal against his assault conviction and sentence - in the Mthatha High Court.

Mandela was found guilty of assaulting a teacher during a road rage incident in the Eastern Cape in 2013.

Yesterday, the judge upheld his conviction and sentencing, dismissing his appeal.

Mandela is now facing a R10,000 fine or five years in jail for the assault.

The NPA's Luxolo Tyali says, "The judgment that was decided upon was correct in convicting him for assault. Once he has exhausted all the avenues available to him, he will have to pay the fine. For now, we're not expecting him to do any jail time."