THE case in which the Former First Lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe is accused of assaulting a South African model Gabriella Engel with an electric cable and left nursing a deep cut on the head is set to be heard on the 10th and the 11th of May in South Africa. The lawyers representing the model are seeking a judgement to have the immunity which given to Grace Mugabe formally set aside.
Engels’ lawyer Willie Spies told the daily paper NewsDay that the removal of President Robert Mugabe from office through a military intervention last November had not helped the situation as Grace still enjoyed diplomatic immunity across the Limpopo River.
“The fact remains that the prosecuting authority in South Africa does nothing [in bringing Grace to justice] while the immunity granted to the former First Lady, still stands,” he said.
Speaking in Davos recently, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Grace Mugabe was not immune to prosecution.
Spies said the fight to get justice for the Engels was, however, not being slowed down with the South African courts seating next month to hear the application on lifting of the diplomatic immunity granted to Grace by the government of South Africa.
“There is movement in the case here as the application to formally set aside the granting of immunity is set down for hearing on 10 and 11 May,” he said.
Gabriella’s mother Debbie said they wanted Grace Mugabe to answer the charges in South Africa.
“We are aware that she is no longer a person of power, that her husband was ousted from office and that the government of Zimbabwe said she does not enjoy any immunity anymore,” Engels’ mother said.
“In light of the latest developments, our lawyers are working on that case to secure justice for my child.”
Additional Reporting By Newsday Zimbabwe.