Home » General » NGO AFRIFORUM, ASSAULT VICTIM SEEK COURT ORDER TO SET ASIDE IMMUNITY FOR ZIMBABWE’S FIRST LADY

JOHANNESBURG, South African model Gabriella Engels and non-governmental organization (NGO) AfriForum have filed court papers asking for an order to set aside the decision of the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation to grant immunity to Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe after she was accused of assaulting Engels.

AfriForum said here Thursday that the matter will be heard from Sept 19.

Engels filed an assault charge against Grace Mugabe earlier this month after she allegedly attacked her with an electrical extension cord at a Sandton, Johannesburg, hotel where Mugabe's two sons were staying. The subsequent decision to grant Mugabe immunity, allowing her to leave the country, drew widespread criticism.

Parliament's International Relations Committee will now have to decide whether it will still summon the Minister, Maite Nkoana Mashabane, over her decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe, after the minister explained her decision in a letter.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has confirmed receiving the letter. In it, Nkoana-Mashabane says she exercised her discretion to grant Grace Mugabe immunity after considering all the relevant facts.

Parliament Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the letter would be referred to the Parliamentary committee. The letter explains the steps which had been followed in the granting of the immunity; the letter therefore will be referred to the relevant committee of Parliament and will be shared with various political parties represented in Parliament and the committee can take a decision to invite the Minister to interrogate her on the letter.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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