Grace Mugabe remains topic of discussion at SADC summit

Members of the SADC Democracy Forum demonstrated calling for Mugabe's arrest after her alleged assault on 20 year old model Gabriella Engels.

FILE: Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe remains the talking point of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit underway in Pretoria despite not actually showing up at the meeting of regional leaders.

Yesterday, members of the SADC Democracy Forum demonstrated outside the International Relations Department, calling for Mugabe's arrest after her alleged assault on a 20 year old model she found in her sons' Sandton hotel room.

The South African government is yet to make a decision on whether she will be granted diplomatic immunity and avoid being criminally charged for the assault.

The Zimbabwean first lady has one more opportunity to appear at the SADC summit.

She can be at the side of her 93-year-old husband Robert Mugabe for the closing ceremony later today.

Journalists will be allowed back into the locked down headquarters of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to witness that.

Whether she accompanies him home afterward will indicate whether the South African authorities have granted her request for diplomatic immunity following the alleged assault.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)