Following a media frenzy surrounding the alleged assault by Zimbabwean first lady, Grace Mugabe, on a 20-year-old South African woman earlier this week, all eyes are on the Department of International Relations (DIRCO) in understanding whether Mugabe will be arrested.
The assault occurred at a Sandton hotel on Sunday and stirred the media to hunt for the whereabouts of Zimbabwe’s Mrs Mugabe. The victim of the assault has stated that despite fearing for her life she will not let-up and the charges against her aggressor will not be dropped.
Grace Mugabe, who has notoriously been called to answer for similar allegations in her own country, has invoked diplomatic immunity and is awaiting to hear from DIRCO whether or not the immunity will stand.
Mugabe is still in the country and was joined last night by her husband, President Robert Mugabe.
“As soon as DIRCO gives us an indication on the diplomatic immunity, we’ll then be able to brief South Africans on what is happening and the police should be able to do their work”, said Police Ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga.
The first lady of Zimbabwe has once already escaped charges for assault by claiming diplomatic immunity and social rights activists say this time will not be any different although they hope to be proven wrong.
The victim, Gabriella Engels, has told the media that she is well aware of Mrs Mugabe’s past and hopes that her decision to lay charges will spur other victims to come forward without fear of repercussions or intimidations.