South Africa: Zimbabwean embassy withdraws from Grace Mugabe assault case

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest twist in the Grace Mugabe assault case, Zimbabwe’s embassy in South Africa on Friday said it was  withdrawing from the First Lady’s case after its lawyer allegedly received threats.

South African model Gabriella Engels said Mugabe whipped her with an extension cord after finding her with her son, Bellarmine Chatunga, at an upmarket hotel in Sandton in August.

South African International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, subsequently granted Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Attorney Simba Chitando said the behaviour of various individuals in the matter has made the embassy and its future involvement in this matter “undesirable”.

This is after Justice Harshila Koovertjie told the North Gauteng High Court that the embassy needed to indicate whether Mugabe should be served court papers at the embassy or in person in Harare.

AfriForum, which brought the case on behalf of Engels, described the threat claims as “absolute nonsense” and  “delaying tactics”. It vowed to proceed with the case against Mugabe.
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06 october 2017 16:27:28




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