Family wants justice, not money - Gerrie Nel about Mugabe case

2017-08-17 18:05
Grace Mugabe (File, AP)

Grace Mugabe (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - The family of Gabriella Engels who was allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe is not interested in money, only justice, AfriForum's advocate Gerrie Nel said on Thursday.

The family was apparently offered a settlement to drop the charges, instead, they opted for justice.

READ MORE: Mugabe’s alleged assault victim offered bribe - AfriForum

"I was very impressed when the family said they are not interested in the settlement, they are interested in justice," Nel said at a media briefing at the AfriForum building in Centurion on Thursday in support of Engels.

Engels, a full-time model, laid criminal charges against Mugabe on Monday after the 52-year-old allegedly assaulted her in a Sandton Hotel on Sunday.

"The word settlement and criminal prosecution don't go hand in hand... as far as criminal procedure is concerned, you search for justice," Nel said.

He said he wanted justice to prevail in the matter and for everyone to be treated fairly before the law.

"I am satisfied with the fact that the suspect is still in the country," Nel said.

The operation manager of AfrifForum's trauma unit Caty van den Merwe also told reporters that the family was now living in fear.

She said although there was no direct threat, the alleged attacker is high profile.

"She is living in fear [of going] out in public now. There was no direct threat but it is normal for a victim to live in fear," she said.

Read more on:    afriforum  |  grace mugabe  |  gerrie nel
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.