AfriForum: Engels family rejected cash offer to stop case against Grace Mugabe

The first lady is accused of assaulting 20-year-old Engels in a Sandton hotel on Sunday.

Debbie Engels (left) and her daughter Gabriella Engels, who claims that she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Lobby group AfriForum says the family of alleged assault victim Gabriella Engels has been offered a blank check as an out of court settlement by representatives of Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe.

This while the Zimbabwean government has made representation to the International Relations Department for diplomatic immunity in the case against Mugabe.

The first lady is accused of assaulting 20-year-old Engels in a Sandton hotel on Sunday.

AfriForum's Kallie Kriel says that the Engels family has rejected an offer by the Mugabe family to make the first lady's case disappear.

Advocate Gerrie Nel says if it comes to it, they will be pressing the courts for a prosecution and not a settlement.

AfriForum has indicated that it is willing to represent Engels in a private prosecution of the state fails.

AfriForum is giving the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) three months to prosecute Grace Mugabe for assault, saying that if this doesn’t happen it will take action itself.

Gabriella's mother Debbie Engels says she is now confident that they will get justice.