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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.