Grace Mugabe used normal passport and can't enjoy diplomatic immunity

EWN reproter Mandy Wiener has confirmed that Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe is still in South Africa although no one knows where she is being kept.

She also confirmed that the President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe also landed in South Africa on Wednesday evening at the Waterkloof Air Force Base with 45 others.

Mugabe was suppose to arrive in South Africa on Friday for the SADC Summit but came in early to try and defuse the diplomatic situation with his wife.

Grace Mugabe is being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old South African woman on Sunday at a Sandton hotel. She failed to hand herself over to the police on Tuesday.

Read: Grace Mugabe invokes diplomatic immunity as Zim-SA relations get tense

There seems to be some kind of a deal that's being negotiated behind the scenes.

Mandy Wiener, EWN reporter

Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Stevens Mokgalapa, says Grace Mugabe entered the country on a normal passport, therefore she cannot enjoy any diplomatic privileges.

Read also: Words you’ll hear: Cold front & Grace Mugabe

The Diplomatic Privileges Act stipulates clearly who gets to benefit from diplomatic immunity and privileges, it is the head of states, envoys and special representatives. She doesn't fall within those categories because she used her normal passport.

Stevens Mokgalapa, Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

So it unprecedented that they would wait for her to present herself to the courts.

Stevens Mokgalapa, Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Mokgalapa says what needs to be done now is for the victim to approach the courts and pursue the charges for Grace Mugabe to be arrested.

He says this is a simple case that doesn't need to be debated any further because it is clear that she did not enter the country using a diplomatic passport.

To listen to the rest of the interview, listen below:


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