Afrikaaner human right group Afriforum, which has taken over the case of Gabriella Engels, the 20-year-old South African woman who was allegedly assaulted by First Lady Grace Mugabe after she was found with her two sons, says it is not over yet for the First Lady.
Grace Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity from arrest and prosecution in South Africa and returned home to today.
“Mrs Mugabe’s departure to Zimbabwe and the granting of diplomatic immunity by the South African government to her is however not the end of the matter,” Willie Spies, AfriForum’s legal representative, said.
He said that AfriForum had already given notice that the organisation will assist Engels in bringing a review application in order to set aside the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe.
“If the review application is successful (and there are very good grounds to believe that such an application will indeed be successful) the doors will be open for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute Mrs Mugabe.
“If the NPA refuses to prosecute, AfriForum’s private prosecuting unit, under the leadership of Adv. Gerrie Nel, is ready to go ahead with private prosecution on behalf of Miss Engels.
“Whether Mrs Mugabe is in South Africa or not and although diplomatic immunity has been granted to her, the last word has not been spoken regarding this matter,” Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, said.
“The fight for justice for Zimbabwe and for Miss Engels will therefore go ahead until it is won,” Spies said.