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AfriForum to approach High Court again on Grace Mugabe matter

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2017-10-06 Barry Bateman
Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. © EWN Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe.

PRETORIA - AfriForum says it will have to approach the High Court with a new application in its case against Grace Mugabe after the Zimbabwean embassy withdrew from the case.

The High Court in Pretoria was expected to rule on an application to cite Mugabe in an application to review her diplomatic immunity, but due to the embassy’s intervention, the matter was referred to another court.

Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity after being summoned to appear in court for the assault in of model Gabriella Engels at a Sandton hotel in August.

AfriForum’s Willie Spies says the Zimbabwean embassy intervened in a matter which is a mere formality and is ordinarily unopposed.

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“And after they made this huge meal of the whole process, they come and announce today that they are withdrawing. To me, it actually shows that they were just using delay tactics. The mere purpose of the involving the embassy from the outset was to frustrate the process.”

The embassy’s legal team told the court it was withdrawing from the matter because its staff had received threats, but it declined to divulge the nature of these threats or from whom they were received.

AfriForum is expected to re-enroll the matter on the unopposed motional roll.

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