AfriForum to challenge Grace Mugabe's diplomatic immunity

19 April 2018 - 12:52 By Penwell Dlamini
AfriForum's CEO Kallie Kriel and Advocate Gerrie Nel brief the media on April 2018 on AfriForum's plan to privately prosecute EFF leader Julius Malema.
AfriForum's CEO Kallie Kriel and Advocate Gerrie Nel brief the media on April 2018 on AfriForum's plan to privately prosecute EFF leader Julius Malema.
Image: Phill Magakoe

AfriForum said on Thursday it was preparing to challenge the diplomatic immunity that was granted to former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe.

The organisation announced this when it gave updates on matters relating to its private prosecution programme.

"We... started with a process to set aside that diplomatic immunity. We are happy to announce that the court case on that issue will be held on the 10th and 11th of May in the North Gauteng High Court. We believe we have a strong case‚" said AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel.

"After setting aside the diplomatic immunity‚ we can then ask the authorities to go ahead with prosecution but if they don't‚ we are ready to do so on behalf of Miss Gabriella Engels."

Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution after she was accused of assaulting Engels in a Johannesburg hotel in August last year.

On the road accident case involving Duduzane Zuma‚ the son of former president Jacob Zuma‚ AfriForum has already approached the National Prosecuting Authority to get a certificate to proceed with prosecution on behalf of the victim's family.

"Shaun Abrahams (the DPP) decided to give Duduzane Zuma the opportunity to make representations. Those representations had to be in on the 23rd of March. Unfortunately‚ Mr Abrahams did not ask the Dube family to also make representations. We believe it is a fair time to give Mr Abrahams a month to take his decision. At the beginning of May we will follow up. If there's not going to be prosecution‚ we will start with the process to privately prosecute Mr Duduzane Zuma‚" said Kriel.

Kriel said the organisation was waiting for the NPA decision on whether it would prosecute Nomgcobo Jiba. Jiba is facing charges of fraud and perjury for the unlawful authorisation of racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.


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