Robert Mugabe's wife seeks diplomatic immunity

18 August, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • The Johannesburg-born model is now taking legal action against Grace Mugabe

"The family was appoached by a third party to settle the matter outside of court, there was no amount offered but the law must settle this case, not money", he said.

"The SAPS (South Africa Police Service) have already put tabs in the borders in relation to her leaving the country".

Mugabe, 52, remains in South Africa after a day of intense speculation over her whereabouts, South African police said in a Wednesday statement.

The deputy director-general of South Africa's global relations department, Clayson Monyela, told Africa Check: "In my case, when I travel on business, I use my diplomatic passport".

Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, is looking for a way out after being accused of assaulting a South African woman with an extension cord. He arrived early for a regional summit of southern African nations.

Gabriella Engels said she was attacked while waiting to meet up with Chatunga, one of Mugabe's two adult sons, in the hotel in Johannesburg.

Reuters has been unable to identify Mugabe's lawyers in Johannesburg.


Now we know why Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe put on a disappearing act on Tuesday - she just had to wait until her husband arranged diplomatic immunity for her so she would not be arrested for assault.

"She has her own version of the events ..."

He said police had to treat her differently from an "ordinary person" because of her diplomatic status. She also released an image of a face injury online.

Nel said he firmly believes in the South African justice system and this is a way of assisting the National Prosecuting Authority. "There was blood everywhere", she added.

Grace was accused of assaulting South African model Gabriella Engels and is pleading for diplomatic immunity.

"I can say to you, the matter is receiving our attention and we are liaising with all involved in the matter of the suspect [Grace Mugabe] who was supposed to appear in court but did not".

Engels has been offered legal help by Nel, a former state prosecutor who now works as a private prosecutor for AfriForum, an organization that primarily represents the rights of South Africa's white Afrikaner minority.

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