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 News / Press Release

19 August 2017

DA: GRANTING MUGABE IMMUNITY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ILLEGAL

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The DA says it is shocked that government has again let a high-profile person escape justice in the wake of the Omar al-Bashir debacle.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the decision to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe immunity is illegal, unconstitutional and also embarrassing. The party says it is shocked that government has again let a high-profile person escape justice in the wake of the Omar al-Bashir debacle.

The International Relations Department gave Mugabe diplomatic immunity despite allegations that she assaulted a 20-year-old Johannesburg-based model in Sandton this month. The DA's James Selfe says the department's decision was irrational because Mugabe was not in the country for diplomatic responsibilities.

“She was receiving medical treatment, she allegedly was involved in a case of assault, a charge was laid but police shibby shabbied around and in the event, she was granted diplomatic immunity. She was later able to leave without any consequences for the action that she took. That is plainly wrong.”

The party says it will join lobby group AfriForum in approaching the High Court. It's a move that could, in theory, affect any future plans to travel to the country.

GRACE MUGABE MAKES PUBLIC APPEARANCE

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe’s first lady has made her first public appearance since leaving South Africa. Mugabe and her 93-year-old husband Robert Mugabe attended a farming fair in Harare on Friday, where she was seen smiling and talking with exhibitors.

She made no public comment.

By Staff Reporter

 

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