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First Fracas: Grace Mugabe should still face courts, says South Africa women’s minister

By Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni | The Citizen |

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe must go to court when she returns to South Africa, says Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu.

South Africa's Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu
South Africa’s Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu

She said yesterday that just because the assault accused was granted diplomatic immunity, this did not preclude her from facing consequences for her alleged actions.

Shabangu was responding to questions about the public statements made by officials and political leaders in the aftermath of the assault cases of former deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana and Mugabe, which were opened by police within a week of each other this month.

“I am satisfied and happy that the police, in these two cases, are doing their work to make sure that even if Grace Mugabe comes back tomorrow, she appears in front of the court,” said Shabangu.

She said the role of her portfolio was not just to speak out against injustices against women but to oversee the implementation of policies that guard them.

“I think, as South Africans, we need to understand we must not think that we operate within a space of talking, because that is not enough … we need to take action.

“And decisive action around Manana and Grace Mugabe. She might have found diplomatic immunity but it does not say she’s not going to have to account for her actions.”

Zimbabwean opposition parties recently slammed the decision not to act against Grace Mugabe.

She was granted diplomatic immunity and allowed to leave the country after allegedly beating a woman in a Sandton hotel room with an extension cord.

Gabriella Engels claimed on Monday that she was assaulted by Grace Mugabe following an altercation at a Sandton hotel at about 9pm on Sunday night.
Gabriella Engels claimed on Monday that she was assaulted by Grace Mugabe following an altercation at a Sandton hotel at about 9pm on Sunday night.

Zimbabwe’s National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) vowed on Tuesday it would not back down in its bid to express displeasure at the way Pretoria officials handled the affair.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said the investigation into the alleged assault was continuing and the docket would be handed to the National Prosecuting Authority for a decision.

Last week, minority rights group AfriForum said it was preparing papers to challenge government’s decision to grant Grace Mugabe immunity.

Shabangu was speaking after addressing the launch of a report on a study on violence against women in South Africa by Oxfam and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. 

  • shame on you you killed many Zimbabweans but we never heard of the trial of these killers now you are offended by an assault madam silly

    • A crime z a crime silly.u cant cancel off a crime with another.if u know Zimbabweans that were killed by her,take legal action!Whats stopping u

  • Zuze naZuze vadhumana kuplezha (Zuze and Zuze have collided whilst enjoying their political clout).

  • Go and fetch her, c if u gona come bk alive

  • Go ahead

  • point

  • Justice can only be delayed not escaped

  • Waiting for the hailstorm

  • Did she kill ,,or ,,,,,,,,,ple they are killed hre dy & night infront of police ,,, u dnt sy anything. Go & take hre to zim if u wnt to leave yr kids

  • Yes they must arrest that bitch,Grace Mugabe.

  • Ungqedhelu Getsi