Grace Mugabe, former First Lady of Zimbabwe remains wanted in court by South Africa’s AfriForum. Meanwhile, South Africa’s AfriForum wants justice for their client, Gabriella Engles for an alleged assault in 2017.
Grace Mugabe faces charges for assault
South African model, Gabriella Engels made the mistake of befriending Mugabe’s sons. Apparently, Grace Mugabe assaulted Engels with an electric cord. St the time, Mugabe’s sons lived in a Sandton Hotel. Allegedly, Engels visited Robert Jnr (25) and Chatunga Bellarmine (21) in their suite as Grace Mugabe arrived.
Grace Mugabe came accompanied by 10 bodyguards along with hotel security. Furthermore, according to Engels, the two men fled. Allegedly, Mugabe assaulted Engels, leaving her with cuts around her head. As a result, Engels laid a charge with the police in 2017.
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AfriForum says the extradition got delayed by The Department of Justice. Recently, AfriForum’s Gerrie Nel read a letter from Shamila Batohi, head of the National Prosecuting Authority. At a press conference, Batohi expressed her own frustration with the slow pace. Furthermore, Batohi says in the letter that the NPA took all the necessary steps for expediting the extradition. However, the letter says the hold-up lies with the department.
Moreover, Batohi states, “the extradition was an executive prerogative.” Shamila noted that the extradition was “processed by the NPA.” It went to “the department of justice for authentication.” Plus, it went to the Zimbabwean authorities back in July 2019.”
AfriForum irritated at the delay
As a result, Nel, irritated at the delay, suggests the hold-up comes from higher up. Importantly, he suggests the department seems “afraid of stepping on the toes of people in power.”
Meanwhile, in response to Nel’s press conference, the Department of Justice’s spokesperson Chrispin Phiri issued an unpromising response. Claiming that diplomatic engagements “require various forms of diplomatic engagements before being executed,” Phiri offers no resolution.
Engels maintains that she wants an apology from Zimbabwe’s former first lady. And, South Africans largely agree.
Have your say. Should Grace Mugabe face trial for assaulting a South African model?