Nelson Mandela’s 24-year-old grandson, Mbuso Mandela, has been charged for raping a 15-year-old girl at a bar.
Mbuso was “calm and composed” during a brief appearance in court, reports South Africa’s Star newspaper.
Mbuso remains in police custody and will return to the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday for a bail hearing.
On Tuesday police insisted he would not receive preferential treatment from other suspects.
Media reports suggest that the girl was followed to a toilet where she was allegedly raped on the night of August 7.
The 24-year-old was arrested last weekend after the alleged victim, who is receiving counseling, filed a case against him.
South African police spokesperson, Brigadier Mashadi Selepe, said the investigation was ongoing.
“According to the complainant, it happened on 7 August 2015,” she continued. “It was reported to the police on the 14 August 2015.”
Ms Selepe said she was unaware of media reports which claimed that a bodyguard for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (ex-wife of Nelson Mandela), tried to interfere in the situation.