AS IT HAPPENED: AfriForum battles Zim embassy in court over Grace Mugabe 'assault'

2017-09-19 10:37

AfriForum has made its case to set aside the decision by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to grant diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe.

Follow News24 journalist Jeanette Chabalala live from the court.

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Grace Mugabe allegedly bashed Gabriella Engels at a hotel in Sandton, accusing her of living with her sons, who were both in their 20s and lived in Johannesburg.

Grace allegedly assaulted Engels with an electric cord in the face and head. The model sustained serious injuries and filed a police report.

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Advocate Labuschagne completes his submissions

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AfriForum says the Zimbabwean embassy has no right to oppose

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Apart from her involvement in politics, Grace Mugabe has been amassing herself with wealth. She recently moved to expand her Mazowe "empire" by grabbing the iconic state-owned Mazowe Dam. This affected a number of families who were evicted from their homes to pave way for her. The families had "earned a living through fishing and other activities around there"

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Gabriella Engels, a 20-year-old model, said Zimbabwe's first lady attacked her on August 13, whipping her with an extension cord that cut her forehead.

AfriForum, representing Engels, said they will go to court to challenge the South African government if it was confirmed that immunity was granted to Mugabe.

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Gabriella Engels was reportedly found with Mugabe’s son, Bellarmine Chatunga, at a hotel in the leafy suburb of Sandton.

The Zimbabwean First Lady reportedly assaulted the South African model in the presence of her guards. Engels said she had met Mugabe’s son a day before her assault through a mutual friend.

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AfriForum wants to serve papers on Grace Mugabe, says the caser is between the applicant and the court

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Labuschagne: There have no conceivable interest in the matter. It is a clear case

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Judge asks Labuschagne to explain why he thinks the Zimbabwe embassy doesn't have a leg to stand on

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