President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a rally of his ruling ZANU (PF) in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2017.
HARARE - Zimbabwean state media reported that the wife of President Robert Mugabe has returned home from South Africa despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.
The first lady received diplomatic immunity from the South African government.
What a complete disgrace. This administration has no shame pic.twitter.com/kegE8LtJCj— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) August 20, 2017
In a “minister’s minute” published in the Government Gazette on Sunday, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane said that in accordance with the powers vested in her by the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act, and “acting in the interests of South Africa”, she had “recognised the immunities and privileges” of Grace Mugabe.
It's unclear whether she'll face any disciplinary action but her alleged victim, Gabriella Engels, has threatened to slap Mugabe with a civil lawsuit.
ZBC reported that #gracemugabe is back in Zim. If immunity was granted, we'll launch a review application. If not, then she is a fugitive.— Willie Spies (@Willie_Spies) August 20, 2017
State broadcaster ZBC says Grace Mugabe returned with her husband to Harare on an Air Zimbabwe flight on Sunday morning.
A ZBC report showed Grace Mugabe greeting government and military officials at the Harare airport.
* Video: Courtesy DStv channel 403
- Additional reporting eNCA