South Africa: President Mugabe arrives in South Africa on official visit

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in South Africa on Monday to attend the second session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria.

The agreement establishing the BNC was signed in April 2015 and it stipulates that the commission should meet on an annual and rotational basis.

South African President Jacob Zuma and President Mugabe are also expected to deliberate and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, particularly peace, security, stability and development in the SADC region and some parts of the continent.

To date, the two countries have signed more than 40 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Agreements. The Agreements and MoUs cover a broad range of areas, which include trade and investment, immigration, defence, transport, agriculture, environment, energy, health, labour, water management, taxation, as well as arts and culture.

President Mugabe’s last visit to South Africa in August was overshadowed by a major diplomatic row after first lady Grace Mugabe viciously assaulted a model at a Johannesburg hotel.

Gabriella Engels said Mrs Mugabe whipped her with an extension cord after finding her with her son, Bellarmine Chatunga, at the upmarket hotel. However, Mrs Mugabe rejected the “malicious” allegations by “a drunken young woman", according to her statement which was leaked.

South African International Relations (DIRCO) Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, granted Mrs Mugabe diplomatic immunity.
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03 october 2017 09:14:48

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