Grace Mugabe′s diplomatic immunity was unconstitutional, South African court rules | Africa | DW


A South African court on Monday ruled that Zimbabwe’s former first lady, Grace Mugabe, should not have been granted diplomatic immunity when she allegedly beat a young model with an electrical cable.

Police halted Mugabe from fleeing South Africa in August 2017 after model Gabriella Engels accused Mugabe of attacking her in a luxury Johannesburg hotel as punishment for spending time with Mugabe’s two sons.

But she was later allowed to flee after South African officials granted her diplomatic immunity. Her husband, Robert Mugabe, was president of Zimbabwe at the time.

Judge Bashier Vally said the Foreign Ministry’s decision was “inconsistent with the constitution” and struck it down.

Engels said Mugabe burst into her room in a luxury hotel and started whipping her with a cable. At the time…

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