Opposition want Parly probe into Grace Mugabe immunity decision

The DA wants an inquiry that will look at how three state departments handled the issue.

Zimbabwes first lady Grace Mugabe speaks during a campaign meeting at the City Sports Center in Harare, 8 October, 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties are calling for a parliamentary probe into government's decision to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity following allegations of assault.

Mugabe is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels, who she apparently had found in the company of her two sons at a Johannesburg hotel.

Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and left the country with her husband, President Robert Mugabe on Sunday morning.

The Inkatha Freedom Party is demanding that the minister be called to Parliament to explain her reasons for granting Mugabe immunity.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen wants an inquiry that will look at how three state departments handled the issue.

“We’re going to do the motion in the House during the sitting tomorrow (Tuesday). We’ll also be writing to the chairpersons of the three portfolio committees, asking them to summon the ministers to explain to Parliament their role in this matter, particularly as it’s hot on the heels of the admonishment by the courts of the way South Africa handled the Omar al-Bashir departure from South Africa.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)