SA: Grace Mugabe loses diplomatic immunity

Former president Robert Mugabe kisses his wife and former first lady Grace Mugabe during during the country's 37th Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare

The department of global relations and cooperation said it will study today's ruling by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg which set aside the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe.

Judge Bashier Vally ruled today the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Mugabe after she allegedly assaulted a South African woman had been unconstitutional.

According to Engels, an irate Mrs Mugabe burst into the room where she was waiting with two friends in a Johannesburg luxury hotel suite to meet one of Mugabe's sons last August, and started attacking her with an electric cable.

Epstein argued that the department had not conferred diplomatic status on Mugabe, but that the department of global relations and cooperation had only upheld the fact of existing immunity for then Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's spouse. Mugabe claimed she acted in self-defence.

On that basis, Vally declared Nkoana-Mashabane's decision to be inconsistent with the Constitution and ordered that it be reviewed and set aside.

During his first public address, disgraced former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe expressed to the media on Sunday that his wife should be left alone.

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In papers filed in the High Court, Ms Engels said Ms Nkoana-Mashabane had "misconstrued her powers".

Read: Are diplomats and politicians above the law?

Selfe said an arrest warrant should be issued for Mugabe and called on the South African government to work with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure that Mugabe returns to the country and has her day in court.

However, The DA and AfriForum approached the courts to set the decision aside.

However, NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said South Africa and Zimbabwe had previously cooperated on extraditing suspects from one country to the other.

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