US Seeks To Extradite Nelson Mandela's Son-In-Law

JOHANNESBURG — The United States has sent South Africa an extradition request for the husband of Nelson Mandela's oldest daughter, an official said Sunday. The US embassy in Pretoria is working with South African authorities to extradite Isaac Kwame Amuah, husband of Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of South Africa's first black president, said embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau.

(AFP)

JOHANNESBURG — The United States has sent South Africa an extradition request for the husband of Nelson Mandela's oldest daughter, an official said Sunday.

The US embassy in Pretoria is working with South African authorities to extradite Isaac Kwame Amuah, husband of Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of South Africa's first black president, said embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau.

"This is an ongoing criminal investigation so we cannot talk in detail about this issue," Trudeau told AFP.

"However, generally in the case of any extradition request we work in close cooperation with the host government and no actions are taken without the knowledge and support of the host government."

Mandela's son-in-law is wanted on a rape charge, according to a news report

According to South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper, Amuah is wanted on a 1993 rape charge in Hartford, Connecticut.

He is accused of raping a student while he was an assistant professor at a community college there, the paper said.

Amuah, a native of Ghana, allegedly skipped bail in the United States and came to South Africa to take up a job as director of the state-run Foundation for Research Development, according to the Sunday Times.

Makaziwe is the daughter of Mandela and his first wife, Evelyn Mase.

Born in 1954, she grew up largely without her liberation hero father, who lived as a fugitive from the apartheid regime before being jailed in 1964, spending nearly 27 years in prison before his release in 1990 cemented the end of white-minority rule.