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‘We’ve written to parly regarding #GraceMugabe immunity’


International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen at a briefing in Pretoria. Picture: Noni Mokati.

Pretoria – Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has written to Parliament concerning the diplomatic immunity granted to Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Nkoana-Mashabane’s remarks come days after her ministry allowed Mugabe to return back home after she assaulted 20-year-old South African model Gabriella Engels with an extension chord on the forehead at a hotel after she allegedly found Engels with her sons.

“We are following the law. We have written to Parliament and we will follow up on this matter,” she said, adding that Speaker Baleka Mbete and chairperson of the portfolio committee on International Relations and Cooperation Moses Masango had already been informed.

And while the public has criticised the South African government for the manner in which it handled the Mugabe assault saga, Nkoana-Mashabane highlighted that she is very supportive of her children and that this has been a painful exercise for her as a mother.

File picture: Sizwe Ndingane/ANA Pictures

Johannesburg – The African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday boasted that it has “emerged victorious” following the results of the by-elections held in four provinces.

On Wednesday five municipal wards were contested for in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

“The ANC won Ward 5 in Bergrivier, Western Cape, from the Democratic Alliance (DA), and retained the highly contested Ward 124 in the City of Johannesburg,” said ANC National Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.

“In addition, due to the unyielding and solid support the ANC continues to enjoy from the people of South Africa, the ANC retained Ward 7 in Ngqushwa, Eastern Cape, with over 80% votes.”