SA grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

Mugabe was facing criminal charges after she allegedly attacked 20-year-old Gabriella Engles with an electric cord.

FILE: Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe.  Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has granted Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

It emerged earlier on Sunday that Mugabe left the country alongside Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in the early hours of the morning after attending a SADC summit.

Mugabe was facing criminal charges after she allegedly attacked 20-year-old Gabriella Engles with an electric cord at a Sandton hotel last Sunday.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has gazetted a document signed by Nkoana Mashabane, recognising the immunities and privileges of the first lady.

Meanwhile, lobby group AfriForum says it will be applying for a review to set aside the decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

The group's Willie Spies says there's a good chance of the review being successful.

“The application will be to review the decision and to set aside the proclamation giving Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.”

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(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)