Grace Mugabe’s Diplomatic Immunity Set Aside by South African Court






The decision to grant Grace Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity by the International Relations Department has been put aside by a High Court in Johannesburg. The former first lady of Zimbabwe allegedly assaulted a model, Gabriella Engels, at a hotel last August but was given a pass from prosecution to leave the country.

The court’s ruling will pave the way for extradition talks to commence for Mugabe to face charges related to that assault.

According to the High Court judge Bashier Vally, the decision to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity did not fall in line with South Africa’s Constitution.

The entirety of Judge Vally’s judgment was not read out for the record, but the order to set aside Mugabe’s immunity was issued.

AfriForum and the Democratic Alliance have earlier made the case against Mugabe’s immunity entitlement, stating she was guaranteed blanket diplomatic immunity for being the wife of a head-of-state.

South Africa’s International Relations Department claims Grace Mugabe wasn’t granted immunity at the time, but under international law, it had chosen to recognize it.











Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


To Top


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Support BaretaNews by making a small donation to sponsor our activities.