Mbuso Mandela, grandson of the late former President Nelson Mandela, was released on bail on Friday after being arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and a substance believed to be drugs.
The Mandela family chose to remain silent about the arrest on Thursday, but on Friday his brother Ndaba posted on social media that he had bailed his 30-year-old brother.
He wrote on Twitter: “This morning I bailed my brother out. I’ve been telling him for years to be mindful of the company he keeps… Can’t have time for other people’s kak! Hope the penny drops this time.”
Ndaba said the family had “no comment” on the allegations.
Police spokesman Colonel Dimakatso Sello said the arrest was on Thursday comes after police followed up on a tip from community members.
Phindi Mjonondwana of the National Prosecutor’s Office said Mbuso had been granted bail of R1,000 and the matter was being resolved brought back to court on June 29.
Meanwhile, Mbuso’s brother Mandela is in Mqhekezweni village in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, where the former president grew up.
< p>He was devastated when he heard about the allegations and said he was also dealing with the death of a family member.
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