DA asks to challenge immunity
THE DA yesterday said it has asked the Constitutional Court for access to challenge South Africa’s decision to grant Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe immunity from prosecution after she allegedly assaulted a local woman.
The official opposition filed papers a day after AfriForum lodged a review application of the decision by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
James Selfe, the chairman of the DA’s federal executive, said granting immunity had been “hasty, embarrassing and above all illegal and unconstitutional”.
He added that it was unconscionable the government allowed another high profile person to evade arrest after the High Court in Pretoria ruled that it had violated the constitution in the case of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
The DA argues that nothing entitled President Robert Mugabe’s wife to diplomatic immunity.
AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies said it had not thought it wise to approach the Concourt as direct access was only granted in exceptional cases. “But if the court allows it, we will apply to have our application heard there as well.”
Mugabe was granted immunity five days after she allegedly beat model Gabriella Engels with an extension cord. – ANA