JOHANNESBURG, August 16 – South Africa is unlikely to prosecute Zimbabwe First Lady, Grace Mugabe, as she enjoys the same immunity her husband Robert Mugabe is entitled to, it has emerged.
Opposition groups are calling for her arrest and prosecution for assault after she allegedly struck and injured a female friend of her sons.
Impeccable sources told CAJ News Mrs Mugabe would not be prosecuted for the alleged offence that hogged headlines in South Africa.
Ironically, the first lady is South African by birth.
She was born in Benoni, east of Johannesburg in 1965 but moved with her family to Zimbabwe in 1970.
“She enjoys similar entitlement to immunity as enjoyed by President Mugabe and thus will not be arraigned,” said a source.
An intelligence officer said the arrest of the influential first lady would have resulted in a diplomatic fallout between the neighbouring countries.
“This (arrest) would have caused diplomatic tiff. It (arrest) will never happen at all! If our police could not arrest Manana for assaulting a woman, what gives them more powers to arrest wife of a sitting president, for that matter, a good neighbour,” a source queried.
“If they could not arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, do you think SA will ever do to their neighbour’s wife? That’s very impossible.”
Another member of the diplomatic community in South Africa confirmed Mugabe’s wife will not face prosecution.
“This case is over,” the official declared.
On Tuesday, the official opposition lashed at Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, and officers for failure to arrest Mugabe.
On Tuesday, police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, and departmental national spokesperson, Vuyo Mhaga, claimed Mrs Mugabe and her legal team were “negotiating” with the local law enforcement agents with intention to
hand herself over.