Judge rescinds Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity

by David Chandisaita

South African High Court Judge, Justice Bashier Vally has rescinded the decision by former International Relations and Co-operation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to grant former First Lady, Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Judge Vally accentuated that her Diplomatic Immunity was “inconsistent with the country’s Constitution.”

Mugabe could be extradited to face charges for her assault case after she allegedly assaulted South African stinging model, Gabriella Engels, at a hotel in August.

During the case, AfriForum had argued that Mugabe was not entitled to automatic diplomatic immunity because she was the spouse of a Head of State.

Mugabe is no longer the spouse of the Head of State after former President, Robert Mugabe resigned in mid-November.

The latest ruling serves a nerve shattering blow to the Mugabes as Grace had invested lavishly in properties across the Limpopo.

The ruling cast a shadow on the much anticipated country’s election results which the ruling party is tipped to win, after it made headlines.

Under the current circumstances, Grace would not be visiting South Africa in a long time. Her properties are likely to be attached, as she evades arrest.