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Nelson Mandela's grandson, accused of raping a teenage girl, is granted bail in South Africa

  • Ndileka Mandela, eldest granddaughter of former President Nelson Mandela, statue back, arrives at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 in support of a 25-year-old grandson of the former statesman who is accused of raping a minor at a Johannesburg bar. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    Ndileka Mandela, eldest granddaughter of former President Nelson Mandela, statue back, arrives at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 in support of a 25-year-old grandson of the former statesman who is accused of raping a minor at a Johannesburg bar. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ndaba Mandela arrives at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 in support of a 25-year-old grandson of former president Nelson Mandela who is accused of raping a minor at a Johannesburg bar. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    Ndaba Mandela arrives at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 in support of a 25-year-old grandson of former president Nelson Mandela who is accused of raping a minor at a Johannesburg bar. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ndaba Mandela arrives at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 in support of a 25-year-old grandson of the former statesman who is accused of raping a minor at a Johannesburg bar. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    Ndaba Mandela arrives at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 in support of a 25-year-old grandson of the former statesman who is accused of raping a minor at a Johannesburg bar. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

A South African judge has granted bail to one of Nelson Mandela's grandsons, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

On Tuesday, Judge Pieter Du Plessis granted bail of 7,000 rand, nearly $540. The 24-year-old is accused of raping the girl at a Johannesburg-area restaurant on Aug. 7.

In granting bail, the judge said there was a reasonable prospect that a trial could end in an acquittal.

The Mandela grandson's lawyers tried to prove that the teenager appeared to be above the legal age of consent, which is 16. They also argued that the encounter was consensual, presenting written witness testimony.