Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

The South African government has received legal advice indicating that, despite travelling on a diplomatic passport, Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe does not qualify for diplomatic immunity and may be arrested for allegedly assaulting a Johannesburg woman.

It is not clear whether the Grace Mugabe entered South Africa on a personal or diplomatic passport.

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It is not the first time Mrs Mugabe has faced legal action.

Legal experts also say that Grace has gone to South Africa for treatment on her foot and that prosecutors could decide not to follow the case if they conclude that the victim's injuries are minor.

Nel, who laid out the murder case against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, said the Engels family had been approached by a third party to accept a cash settlement "for this to go away", but gave no details. They're going to fight for her all the way.

Supporting Engels at the news conference, her mother Debbie said she could now sleep at night, knowing her daughter's attacker would not walk off scot-free "for doing what she did to my child".

South Africa's government is apparently anxious to avoid any diplomatic fallout from arresting the first lady of Zimbabwe, which has been led for almost four decades by Grace's husband Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president.

On Thursday, Mbalula said police had put a "red alert" on South Africa's borders to stop her from trying to leave.

Nel recently left the NPA and joined the organisation as the head of its newly formed private prosecutions unit and he has vowed to seek justice for Engels.

Lawyers for the 20-year-old model have threatened to go to court.

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Other countries in southern Africa that supported South Africa's ruling ANC in the long struggle against apartheid would also see Grace Mugabe's prosecution as a betrayal, the source said.

"She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug".

The alleged attack threatens to spark a diplomatic problem for South Africa and Zimbabwe, neighbours who have strong political and economic ties. Zimbabwean authorities have told their South African counterparts that Mugabe enjoys diplomatic immunity because she had specific duties at the SADC summit.

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