Minister faces inquiry in Grace Mugabe scandal

by Abel Hampton August 27, 2017, 0:14
Minister faces inquiry in Grace Mugabe scandal

He said South Africa could not be treated as a "playground for worldwide criminals", and that global relations could not justify "trampling on the rights of people".

The International Relations Department gave Mugabe diplomatic immunity despite allegations that she assaulted a 20-year-old Johannesburg-based model in Sandton this month.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe's first lady has made her first public appearance since leaving South Africa.

"I want to go to court because I really feel like she should go to jail for what she did to me", Engels told The Associated Press.

It was clear that Mugabe was granted immunity simply to shield her from being tried in a court of law for her assault on Engels, Selfe argued.

Who Is the First Lady? She bore him children and, after the death of his first wife, Grace and the president married in 1996.

"I am advised that Sec 6 (a) of the Foreign States Immunities Act 87 of 1981 provides that a Foreign State [which includes the Head of State - See Sec 1 (2)(a)] shall not be immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of the republic in proceedings relating to, inter alia, the injury of any person caused by an act or omission in the republic". She was later able to leave without any consequences for the action that she took. He has repeatedly said he will not choose a successor.

Grace Mugabe appeared at the Harare annual agricultural fair, smiling and stopping to chat with exhibitors as she toured stands alongside her husband, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

Harare has made no official comment on the issue and requests for comment from Zimbabwean officials have gone unanswered.

Grace was given until October 19 to defend herself against the court application filed against her at the Pretoria High Court in South Africa.

The application was filed on the same day that AfriForum, who is representing Engels, filed a review application in the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe could lose her R45 million (US$3,5 million) South African mansion amid indications rights group AfriForum will use a three-pronged approach to bring her to book over her assault case that has strained bilateral relations and divided the governing African National Congress, the Zimbabwe Independent has established.

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