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Nelson Mandela's grandson to apply for bail while in court over alleged rape of a teenage girl

  • Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.  The grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mbuso Mandela appeared in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, where a judge will decide whether he will be granted bail.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mbuso Mandela appeared in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, where a judge will decide whether he will be granted bail. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.  The grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mbuso Mandela appeared in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, where a judge will decide whether he will be granted bail.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mbuso Mandela appeared in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, where a judge will decide whether he will be granted bail. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.  The grandson of Nelson Mandela,  Mbuso Mandela appeared in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, where a judge will decide whether he will be granted bail. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela walks out of the magistrates court where his brother Mbuso Mandela is scheduled to appear accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. The grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mbuso Mandela appeared in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, where a judge will decide whether he will be granted bail. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

One of Nelson Mandela's grandsons has appeared in a South African court on charges of rape.

A judge will decide on Friday whether Mbuso Mandela will be granted bail. The 24-year-old is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Members of the Mandela family were in the cramped courtroom as Mbuso Mandela appeared in court for the second time this week.

According to South African law, due to the seriousness of the charge, his defense attorneys will have to present evidence to support Mbuso Mandela's release on bail.

Mbuso Mandela has been in police custody since his arrest on Saturday.

Police said the rape allegedly took place at a restaurant in Greenside, a Johannesburg suburb, on Aug. 7.