High Court sets aside 'unlawful' diplomatic immunity for Grace Mugabe

The Johannesburg High Court has set aside the International Relations Department's decision to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

The former Zimbabwean first lady allegedly assaulted Gabriella Engels at a hotel in Johannesburg in August last year but was allowed to leave the country without being prosecuted.

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

The ruling has now paved the way for Mugabe to be extradited to face charges.

Judge Bashier Vally found the decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity was inconsistent with the Constitution.

EWN reporter Barry Bateman says the State argued it didn't confer diplomatic immunity, but merely recognised it.

The court found that the decision to confer or recognise the diplomatic immunity of Grace Mugabe was unlawful and irrational and not in line with the constitution.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

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