The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Zimbabwe’s First lady Grace Mugabe to hand over all her passports to the South African government to ensure that she does not flee the country.
DA’s Shadow Minister of Police, in a statement said is Mugabe doesn’t hand over her documents she will remain “massive” flight risk.
“…it is imperative that South Africa be assured that Grace Mugabe will not flee the country in order to evade justice. The only way to ensure this is for all her passports to immediately be surrendered,” said Mbhele.
On Sunday Mugabe was accused of assaulting a South African model Gabriella Engels and was pleading for diplomatic immunity.
This follows after she failed to turn up at the Randburg Magistrates Court to answer to assault charge.
Mbhele said the Departments of police and International Relations, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), needed to play their role and ensure that the Zimbabwean First Lady is held accountable for what she has done, because she doesn’t qualify for diplomatic immunity.
“Grace Mugabe needs to be arrested to face charges of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm – charges for which the investigation is complete and ready for court,” said Mbhele.
“The DA has already confirmed that Ms Mugabe does not qualify for diplomatic immunity, and reports today confirm that the government is similarly in possession of a legal opinion to this effect,” added Mbhele.
On the other hand, it has been rumoured that President Robert Mugabe might use his visit to South Africa to try and help the situation surrounding his controversial wife and kids.
President Mugabe is currently in SA for this week’s 37th South African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Pretoria. He arrived on Wednesday.
Gerrie Nel to represent Gabriella Engels
South African advocate and Prosecutor is gearing up to take on the first lady, this comes after Nel joined the Afriforum.
On Thursday the Afriforum announced that it will be supporting Engels in her criminal case against the first lady. The rights group said it aims at pressurising the NPA and police to apply justice fairly to ensure that the first lady is not granted diplomatic immunity.
By Senzile Kubheka