Zimbabwe High Commission won't help AfriForum serve summons on Grace Mugabe

The lobby group has approached the court to review the government’s decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she was accused of assault.

FILE: Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe attends the opening of the annual agricultural fair on 25 August 2017 in Harare. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - The Zimbabwe High Commission in Pretoria has told the High Court that it won't help AfriForum serve a summons on their first lady, Grace Mugabe.

The lobby group has approached the court to review the government’s decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she was accused of assault.

The wife of President Robert Mugabe allegedly beat model Gabriella Engels last month.

In the application on Tuesday, AfriForum sought the court’s permission to serve the summons on Mugabe, who is not a citizen and lives outside the country.

AfriForum told the High Court that it had asked the Zimbabwe High Commission whether it could serve the summons on Mugabe by delivering it to their mission but they received no response.

Their next step is to serve the summons on the office of the president in Harare.

The High Commission told the court that it was not their duty to help AfriForum locate the first lady and they would also not ensure that she did, in fact, receive the legal document.

The advocate says that Grace Mugabe does not live or work at the presidency in Harare.

AfriForum objected to the high commissioner intervening in the matter.

Judgment has been reserved.