Andile Mandela, who is the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, may be charged with shoplifting after he was allegedly caught on camera stealing a pack of sweets from a grocery store in Johannesburg's Rosebank Mall. Colonel Noxolo Khweza, a spokesman for the Gauteng police, confirmed that the police were looking into a case of shoplifting.
"I can confirm that he went to court on August 5 at the Hillbrow Magistrates' Court." Khweza said, "I don't know when the next court date is." A security guard who saw what happened said that Mandela walked into the store with a brown bag that had a laptop in it.
"When I walked into the store, the person in charge of the cameras told me to keep an eye on him because he looked suspicious, but I let him go to the aisle with the candy and chocolates. The camera shows him taking the candy out of its wrapper and putting it in his bag. He then goes to the cash register and buys R5 worth of MTN airtime, the guard said.
Mandela seemed nervous when he showed him the slip for the airtime when he stopped him at the door. When the door alarm went off, I asked him if he forgot to pay for something. He told me no and gave me the cold shoulder. Then I asked to search him and took him out of other people's sight.
"I found candy in the bag, so I asked him where he got it. He said he bought the sweets, but when I told him I was going to have him arrested, he admitted that he took the sweets inside the store because he was hungry."
The guard said that he then told the 29-year-old that if he was really hungry, he should have taken bread instead of candy. Phindi Mjonondwane, a spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, said that the case was not taken up because there wasn't enough evidence. Makgatho Mandela, who died in 2005, had three sons. Andile is the youngest. We tried to talk to Andile, but we couldn't reach him.
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