Home » Business » AFRIFORUM SAYS IT IS UNDETERRED IN CASE AGAINST ZIMBABWEAN FIRST LADY GRACE MUGABE FOR ASSAULT

JOHANNESBURG, South African civil-rights organization AfriForum says it will not be deterred in the case against the embattled Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe.

This comes after foreign news media reported that Mugabe gave a statement to South African police denying that she assaulted South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cable in a Johannesburg hotel in August, claiming instead that an "intoxicated and unhinged" Engels attacked her with a knife.

Engels suffered a deep gash to her forehead and bruising to her body during the alleged encounter with Zimbabwe's first lady. Grace Mugabe, who was in South Africa to accompany her husband, President Robert Mugabe, to attend an annual summit of the Southern African Development Community (ADC), was granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, causing widespread outrage.

AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies said Tuesday that Grace Mugabe's statement was typical for a criminal to blame the victim for their crime.

I was not surprised to read that she wrote the statement. And it doesn't change our case at all; for that very reason we believe it is so important that this matter should not be left to politicians to decide, should not be left to her friends to grant her immunity. It should be left to the courts to determine the truth and to make sure that the true events of that evening are determined and that justice runs its course.

Mugabe is accused of attacking 20-year-old Engels after the model went to see the Mugabes' sons, Robert and Chatunga, at the Capital 20 West hotel in Johannesburg's upmarket Sandton district.

Police had initially placed border posts on red alert to prevent Mugabe from leaving the country when the incident came to light. But South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, later said she had granted diplomatic immunity to the Mugabe.

Afriforum has given legal backing to Engels, and is working on the case with Gerrie Nel, the former public prosecutor who secured a murder conviction against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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