Grace Mugabe, the Zimbabwean First Lady, attacked a model in South Africa viciously for partying with her sons
Zimbabwe First Lady, Grace Mugabe, within the week was accused of attacking and leaving deep gashes on the head of a model whom she accused of partying with her sons at a hotel in South Africa.
South African police minister Fikile Mbalula had said earlier that Mugabe handed herself in to the police and would appear in court shortly, but that information later appeared to have been premature.
She has neither been officially summoned or charged to court.
South Africa’s Police Ministry has now said it will not act against Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe until it receives clarity from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) on Zimbabwe’s claim that she qualifies for diplomatic immunity in the assault against her, South Africa’s Eyewitness News reports.
“As soon as Dirco gives us an indication on the diplomatic immunity, we’ll then be able to brief South Africans on what’s happening and the police should be able to do their work”, Ministry spokesman Vuyo Mhaga is quoted as saying.
South Africa has let a fugitive slip by in the past – Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who was wanted by the International Criminal Court. They had cited diplomatic immunity in his case as well and had come under strong fire for harbouring him.
Already, there are reports that the first lady might be asked to plead guilty and pay a fine.
South Africa and Zimbabwe are very strong allies and must find a way to resolve the incident. Sadly, the young model might be at the not so great end of the line at the end of the day.