President Mugabe owes Engels an apology - Madonsela

2017-08-20 22:23
Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

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

Johannesburg – Former public protector advocate Thuli Madonsela says Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe should have issued an apology on behalf of his wife, Grace, for allegedly assaulting South African woman Gabrielle Engels.

"No amount of provocation entitles you to harm a person. "[It] was appalling for a neighbour to come and assault a [South African] citizen," Madonsela said.

Madonsela was speaking on the sidelines of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies national conference in Sandton on Sunday.

"Citizens should know that they would be protected regardless of who harms them. We need our leaders to stand up for that."

Also read: Grace Mugabe’s day will come, says Gabriella's mother

She said government should intervene on behalf of the family to get compensation for Engels, who was allegedly assaulted by the Zimbabwean first lady.

Mugabe is said to have attacked Engels with an extension cord at a Sandton hotel on August 13.

Private prosecution 

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation confirmed that minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane granted Mugabe diplomatic immunity on Saturday night.

On Friday, the police’s Vish Naidoo told Netwerk24 that police had provisionally halted investigations into the matter after a note verbale was received, which indicated that the suspect in the case had applied for diplomatic immunity.

Afriforum said on Sunday that it would approach the courts to contest the granting of diplomatic immunity.

"What we will carry on with is a review application [of the decision] to grant her immunity," said Afriforum’s legal representative Willie Spies.

"We believe that it is not a correct decision," he said, adding that his organisation believes that this was in contravention of South Africa’s laws, as well as the rights of the victim to see justice.

Afriforum was also keen to "eventually carry on with a private prosecution".

On state capture 

Mandonsela also touched on the state capture report and President Jacob Zuma.

She said nine months after the report was released, there is still no commission of enquiry.

"We are still sitting here nine months down the line and no commission of enquiry is taking place."

She said once alerted of wrong-doing, Zuma should have looked into the state capture issue.

"If it is true that there is state capture... then by the time we deal with [the] state capture - the rot would have poisoned the greater part of our state tree.

"Corruption is [a] crime. It is to be investigated immediately."

Read more on:    afriforum  |  thuli madon­sela  |  robert mugabe

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.