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Legal action looms over Grace’s immunity


A review application will be launched on the decision to grant Mugabe immunity

Grace Mugabe File photo: Reuters

THE POLITICAL fallout over the granting of diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe has led to civil society groups and opposition parties pushing for a review of the decision in the high court.

The DA and AfriForum said yesterday that Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting 20-year-old Gabriella Engels with an extension cord in a hotel in Sandton last week, will not be let off the hook after she flew back to Harare on Saturday evening with her husband, President Robert Mugabe, after she was granted diplomatic immunity by the South African government.

AfriForum chief executive, Kallie Kriel, said they will launch a review application of the decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity. “If the review application is successful (and there are very good grounds to believe it will be) the doors will be open for the National Prosecuting Authority to prosecute Mrs Mugabe.”

If the NPA refuses to prosecute Mugabe, AfriForum’s private prosecution unit will begin with a private prosecution.

The DA said Parliament must institute a full-scale inquiry. DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said the party wants all the ministers involved in granting Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity to be hauled before the inquiry.