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Nkoana-Mashabane to appear in Parly to explain Grace Mugabe immunity decision

Mugabe was allowed to leave the country while she was being investigated for the alleged assault of a South African woman in Johannesburg.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians have agreed to call International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to explain her decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe.

The portfolio committee responsible for oversight of Nkoana-Mashabane’s department has agreed to requests from opposition parties for her to answer questions in Parliament about the issue.

Mugabe was allowed to leave the country while she was being investigated for the alleged assault of a South African woman in Johannesburg.

Twenty-year old Gabriella Engels claimed Mugabe attacked her with an electrical extension cord in an incident that took place at a Sandton hotel more than a week ago.

Mugabe allegedly stormed the hotel room her sons had been staying in and attacked Engels who was there that night.

A criminal case was opened against the First Lady, who was later granted diplomatic immunity by the South African government.

The Democratic Alliance in Parliament claimed the Minister’s decision to grant immunity was highly irregular, while the Inkatha Freedom Party said it was imperative the minister explained her actions.