Grace Mugabe's diplomatic immunity ruling set aside

Grace Mugabe's diplomatic immunity ruling set aside

Grace Mugabe's diplomatic immunity ruling set aside

The court said Mugabe was not entitled to automatic diplomatic immunity as a result of her status as the spouse of a head of state.

But the court on Monday said the decision to grant Mugabe immunity was inconsistent with the country's constitution, a ruling that has been applauded by Afrikaner rights group AfriForum and the opposition party Democratic Alliance who brought the case to the court previous year.

"She, however, has to exercise this power in a manner that is constitutional and lawful".

"We now hope the National Prosecuting Authority will institute action against Mrs. Mugabe, which in time will mean she will be extradited to face trial", he said.

Vally said Nkoana-Mashabane's decision had been inconsistent with provisions in the constitution. AfriForum's CEO Kalli Kriel says they will be monitoring the situation.

"We are elated with this judgment".

The model said she was waiting for Mrs Mugabe's son, Chatunga, when the-then first lady burst into the hotel room and assaulted her, leaving her with a gash on her forehead and other injuries on her thighs. "She simply got away because of political reasons".

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The DA's James Selfe says the ruling is a victory for the rule of law and victims of violence against women.

It says condoning such behaviour, as the granting of immunity did, can not possibly be in the interest of South Africa.

"The South African government chose to put the politics of expediency above the rule of law".

"The ball is in their court now", Spies said, adding that Afriforum had argued that Grace Mugabe committed the attack on Engles while she was on a private visit to South Africa and therefore did not qualify for diplomatic immunity. In 2009, the Chinese government gave her diplomatic immunity after she assaulted a journalist in Hong Kong.

The department on Monday said it was studying the judgment.

A South African court on Monday ruled that the diplomatic immunity enjoyed by former Zimbabwean first lady, Grace Mugabe is "inconsistent with the constitution".

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