Monday, 21 August 2017

This Is Not The End Of It - AfriForum On Mugabe Immunity

AfriForum says it it not the end of the matter after Grace Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity for her alleged assault of a South African woman.

The rights group is advising a 20-year-old model who has accused Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe of assaulting her with an extension cord in a Sandton hotel.

They were responding to the news that the South African government has granted Mugabe diplomatic immunity, paving the way for her to return home, despite the fact that she was not in South Africa for any diplomatic duties at the time of the incident.
This Is Not The End Of It - AfriForum On Mugabe Immunity
In a statement, Afriforum that it already gave notice on Friday that the organisation will assist the victim of the alleged assault in bringing a review application in order to set aside the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Mrs Mugabe.

“If the review application is successful (and there are very good grounds to believe that such an application will indeed be successful) the doors will be open for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute Mrs Mugabe. If the NPA refuses to prosecute, AfriForum’s private prosecuting unit, under the leadership of Adv. Gerrie Nel, is ready to go ahead with private prosecution on behalf of Miss Engels," says Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum.

"Whether Mrs Mugabe is in South Africa or not, and although diplomatic immunity has been granted to her, the last word has not been spoken regarding this matter,” says Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum.
“The fight for justice for Zimbabwe and for Miss Engels will therefore go ahead until it is won,” says Kriel.

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