South African Court Revokes Grace Mugabe’s Immunity For Assaulting Model

Grace Mugabe,
Grace Mugabe

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa has overturned the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to former first lady Grace Mugabe. Judge Bashier Vally ruled that the decision to grant Grace diplomatic immunity was inconsistent with the South African Constitution, and must be set aside.

Grace was granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa’s former Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) Maite Nkoana-Mashabane following her alleged assault of South African model Gabriella Engels in Johannesburg last year. Aggrieved with the decision, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and lobby group AfriForum approached the courts and filed an application to have the decision to grant Mugabe amnesty reviewed and set aside.

The decision means that Grace now faces the risk of being extradited to South Africa to face trial.  The minister was slapped with the costs of the suit.