Court rules in favour of DA and AfriForum on Mugabe's diplomatic immunity case

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and AfriForum have won a case against the former first lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe.

They asked the court to nullify government's decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she assaulted model Gabriella Engels at a hotel in August last year.

The court on Monday ruled that the decision was inconsistent with the Constitution and should be set aside.

EWN reporter Barry Bateman says the court has not yet given the reasons for overturning the decision. He says Judge Bashier Vally read the order which sided with the DA and AfriForum.

Read: Are diplomats and politicians above the law?

The DA and AfriForum arguments were that Mugabe should not have been given diplomatic immunity because she is not head of state and in terms of the law there would have been discretionary powers granted to the department when deciding whether or not she should be given immunity.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

She should have been arrested and brought before the court and it would've been argued in court whether she should be granted immunity.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman says he thinks the department of international relations would probably take the matter on appeal to the High Court of Appeal before we could see Grace Mugabe brought back to South Africa to answer on these charges.

To hear the rest of the interview with EWN Barry Bateman, listen below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Court rules in favour of DA and AfriForum on Mugabe's diplomatic immunity case


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