PRETORIA – AfriForum and Gabriella Engels will hear on Friday whether Grace Mugabe can be added to their court application for a review of government’s decision to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady diplomatic immunity after she was accused of assault.
In papers filed in court, AfriForum acting on behalf of Engels, claimed Nkoana-Mashabane did not have the power to grant immunity to Grace Mugabe.
Nkoana-Mashabane is the first respondent in the case and AfriForum wants the wife of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe to be added as the second.
The minister’s decision to grant immunity resulted in a public outcry, especially after the minister of police promised Mugabe would report to law enforcement authorities.
According to Engels, an irate Grace Mugabe burst into the hotel room where she was waiting with two friends to meet Chatunga Mugabe, the first lady’s son, on 13 August.
Grace Mugabe then allegedly started laying into her with an electric cable.
Photographs taken by her mother soon after the incident showed a gash to Engels’s forehead.
Engels also had bruising on her thighs.