We didn’t arrest Grace Mugabe because of her status

By Nico Gous | TimesLive |

South African police have avoided arresting Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe as a result of her status‚ Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Thursday.

South Africa's Police Minister Fikile Mbalula
South Africa’s Police Minister Fikile Mbalula

Mbalula was asked what measures the police had put in place to ensure Mugabe does not leave the country.

“We‚ in terms of (the) South African Police‚ we had already put tabs on the borders in relation to her leaving the country‚” Mbalula said.

“If it was somebody else … we could have long moved a raid on her in terms of the issues.”

Mbalula said Grace has “her own version” of the alleged assault and never tried to flee the country.

Mbalula was addressing the media on Thursday on the sidelines of the Ayihlome Indaba Against Gender-Based Violence at the Velmore Hotel in Laudium close to Pretoria.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has to determine if Mugabe will be granted diplomatic immunity.

She has been accused of assaulting 20-year-old Gabriella Engels with an extension cord at a luxury hotel in Sandton‚ Johannesburg‚ on Sunday night‚ where Mugabe’s two sons were staying.

Engels on Monday opened a case of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm at the Sandton police station‚ and Mugabe was expected to be appear in court on Tuesday. But by the close of business she hadn’t been arrested or handed herself over to the police.

  • Veduwe baba ava vachadzingwa basa, nhema dzavo dzanyanya

  • Matofo

  • No one is above the law

  • saka munhu ane status akatadza achasungwi

    • Ehe haa sungwe wanoziva ari mu power akasungwa ndiyani

    • Ticha Chakabveyo

      Jonathan chaiye akaba half a million USD nhasi ari kungofamba achitotuka futi masoja mapurisa ngwena etc etc…..kana usina mari uri munhu mutema jeri nderako!!!

  • status of beating pple oooh shame

  • Mugabe is african lion thats the status he is talking about


  • corruption apiwa mari na Robby

  • Zviri obvious. Ane diplomatic immunity.

  • u are behind

  • So when Mbalula said Grace was to appear in court, he had forgotten her status? I don’t think Grace ll ever appear in court. Vakuru vakati zvinerombo kunya wakamirirwa.

  • Saka zvasiyanei neZimbabwe yaanoita zvaanoda nesu?

  • At list Grace showed them hw to displine their kids at 20yrs she knows every hotel in town sic

  • Kkkkk status

  • Eeee in Africa, if u have money. You can kill and buy justice or get away with it hehehe. Shame. People’s lives are not valued at all here in our Africa. Sad

  • He was bribed

  • dako rako fikile u must arrest that bitch

  • We want our mother back hey your people killed our fello brothers and sisters in xenophobia bt we kept silent

    • Ur mother like really, pipo are starving cz of ur so called mother,d u kn hw much her kids are spending at a hotel in sandton,my brother think twice

    • Our mother??
      Your mother may b

    • You have to work for your family to spend

    • If u dont have a mother,wood carve one!

    • amai vanofamba vachirova anhu?kutinyadzisa.dai mazulu vakamu……..

    • if she was yo mother yu should be living in a hotel ryt now not the shark yu cal home

    • Kkkkkkk

    • tosangana muzvikamu zvinotevera kwanhasi tomirira pano

    • Luckman do not use Messenger to intimidate me. Handibvi Mvuma and Im not related to mai vako Grace. Being muyera Gumbo doesnt mean we think alike.

    • Your mother my man…we don’t even want her back go live with her over there

    • She doesn’t even know you

    • Ngunyoko

    • tsek uyanya nomama wakho wena lihamba litshaya abantu lizobona this tym lihambe wrong

  • status? UUU MAKEEE MEEE SAAAD!(Mawick’s voice in Seboloke via Motsweding fm)

  • i believe zimbabwe has developed politically far beyond south africa.

  • At least their laws still work not in Zim were you can escape if you have a powerful financial backing.

  • So she is allowed even to kill coz of status

  • Pamhata

  • Shame

  • Mr. Police Minister what if Grace Mugabe was white and her victim was black? Grace Mugabe lost her so- called status when she committed a crime. Shame on you Mr. Minister. You are a total disgrace. I hope you will tender your resignation as the police Minister.

  • Stupid, how can you respect someone’s status if the very person is abusing her status??

  • because of her status she shouldnt be beating up people either

  • Lets hope they wont arrest me also if l commit a crime because of my status

  • What status to that mother fucker

  • hooo Kay saka mari inotonga nhai OK wsti busy nemaboader jumper nxaaaa

  • Mina Makoti

    Mitemo yatsanangurwa. Mai ava vaka ridza ngoma nge demo. Her only way out is not diplomatic immunity. Na Gerrie Nel ku prosecution, haapabudi.
    Mai ava ngavabude pachena kuti dzinopota dzichidambuka. If she pleads insanity, it might might save her. ASI, she might be assigned to a South African equivalent of Mlondolozi.
    Hakuna vhiya ireruke imi woye. Terrible Two yaambura!

  • Malema in the next parliament sitting gonna be like

    “Honorable Minister,how did you let Grace Mugabe leave the country after committing a crime?Are South Africans safe in your hands?Please resign”

  • Mr.Minister , pls dont arrest border jumpers too,bcz of their status.

  • Fikile talks too much i knew he was goin to do a foot in mouth

  • People commenting on this post…do u know diplomatic protocols?

    • In the presence of a crime, diplomatic protocol is like the weather. It is not an absolute science..Grace Mugabe committed a crime. She is presently a fugitive in South Africa.

  • So honestly speaking there is someone above the law beyond all borders ?????

  • Politicians : Then YOU say , no one is above the law ?????

  • Idiots

  • But ko Inga an Oscars Pretorias warimo mutirongo anotofamba nemakumbo esimbi

  • Chikiti

    This is BullShtt

  • You’ll do to others as you’ve done in the past or else you do not know what law is!

  • where is Trevor Noah……he need to perform like Grace in his next show

  • You mean her criminal status?

  • Havana mhosva yavakapara first lady vezimbabwe mapurisa kusouth africa vanozivei vakafura vashandi vekumarikana vachida kufadza varungu varidzi vemugodi

  • Good move.nw thts better

  • Aitengesa madrugs sematomatis anoti vanhu vose vanozvifarira haana kutorohwa aika

  • Leave First Lady alone,you can’t do anything to her

  • What status?

  • First lady vezimbabwe vari right havana mhosva

  • Ticha Chakabveyo

    It is allowed in the African strongmen political context to admit that someone is untouchable ende muri kutya. We understand!!!!

  • its funny South Africans say beating a child is a crime …kkkkkkkkkkk. Touch that lady frnds you will be sorry.

  • Lol we thot u wer going to do us a favour…hatichavadi isu

  • If she is yr mother why a u nt

  • This is what happens when a typist is given too much Amunition,she grows a long tail that cannot be folded.Now we have Hurricane Grace causing havock.

  • This guy got issues with Zim…listen to his recent vedios… he is one hell of a traitor amongst us

  • Status, where was the status when she committed an abomination like that?

    • Kkkkkkkk Abomination ..kwaaaa u killed miwooooo👾👾

  • Haasungwi zvekumhànya

  • welcome to Africa where magogo can beat makhothi

  • can Mbalula be investigated n find out y he on Tuesday confirmed that Grace had handed herself to the police n later said they didn’t know her whereabouts,this man knows something,deal with Grace accordingly n don’t blame any other innocent poor Zimbabweans for what she did