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Grace Mugabe 'assaulted' me with an extension cord

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Grace Mugabe 'reserves right to press attempted murder charges' - court papers

Cape Town – AfriForum has reportedly said that it won’t be deterred in its case against Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe after she maintained in court papers that the young South African model Gabriella Engels who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor.

According to SABC, AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies said that it was typical of a criminal to blame the victim for their crime.

"I was not surprised to read that she wrote the statement. And it doesn't change our case at all; for that very reason we believe it is so important that this matter should not be left to politicians to decide, should not be left to her friends to grant her immunity. It should be left to the courts to determine the truth and to make sure that the true events of that evening are determined and that justice runs its course," Spies was quoted as saying.

Reports this week indicated that Grace's representatives had claimed in court papers that Engels, who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor, as she allegedly attacked the first lady with a knife while drunk.
More at: http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbab...wont-be-deterred-afriforum-maintains-20170913
 

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Grace Mugabe's assault case: 'We won't be deterred,' AfriForum maintains

Cape Town – AfriForum has reportedly said that it won’t be deterred in its case against Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe after she maintained in court papers that the young South African model Gabriella Engels who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor.

According to SABC, AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies said that it was typical of a criminal to blame the victim for their crime.

"I was not surprised to read that she wrote the statement. And it doesn't change our case at all; for that very reason we believe it is so important that this matter should not be left to politicians to decide, should not be left to her friends to grant her immunity. It should be left to the courts to determine the truth and to make sure that the true events of that evening are determined and that justice runs its course," Spies was quoted as saying.

Reports this week indicated that Grace's representatives had claimed in court papers that Engels, who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor, as she allegedly attacked the first lady with a knife while drunk.

The court papers denying any wrongdoing by Grace were submitted on August 17 by Zimbabwean diplomats on behalf of the first lady, who was granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa despite calls for her prosecution in the alleged attack on Engels in a Johannesburg hotel on August 13. She returned to Zimbabwe a week after the alleged assault with President Robert Mugabe, who had attended a summit of southern African leaders in Pretoria.

'In trouble with a drunken young woman'

According to the court filing, Grace went to see her sons in a hotel suite because they were "in trouble with a drunken young woman".

"Upon her arrival Ms Engels, who was intoxicated, and unhinged, attacked Dr Grace Mugabe with a knife after she was asked to leave the hotel room. Security was left with no other option but to remove Ms. Engels from the hotel suite."

Mugabe "reserves the right to press charges of attempted murder" against Engels, the document said.

But according to Engels's version of the incident, she was in a hotel room with mutual friends of Grace's two sons, who lived in Johannesburg, when the first lady burst into the room and assaulted her. Photos posted on social media showed a bloody gash to Engels' forehead that she claimed was a result of the encounter.

In 2009, a photographer accused Grace of beating him up in Hong Kong. While the Zimbabwean president's outspoken wife has been criticised for a fiery temper and lavish shopping expeditions, her rising political profile has some asking whether she is maneuvering to succeed her husband. She recently said that Zimbabwe's ruling party should restore a constitutional provision stating one of the party's vice presidents should be a woman, and has publicly challenged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor.

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http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbab...wont-be-deterred-afriforum-maintains-20170913
 

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AfriForum approaches court over Grace Mugabe assault matter

JOHANNESBURG - AfriForum will head to court Tuesday to apply to have Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe cited as a respondent in the assault case against her.

Mugabe is accused of beating Gabriella Engel s with an electric cable at a Sandton hotel in August. She, however, claims she was assaulted by Engels.

AfriForum’s Willie Spies explains why they’re approaching a court.

“This is just a formal process to get the courts permission to cite Grace Mugabe, being a foreigner, as a party to court proceedings. We also want the court’s permission to serve the papers on the office of the president in the Republic of Zimbabwe.”
More at: http://ewn.co.za/2017/09/19/afriforum-approaches-court-over-grace-mugabe-assault-matter
 

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'Utter lies' - Model's mum on Grace Mugabe allegations

The mother of the model who was allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s First Lady‚ Grace Mugabe‚ said claims that her daughter attacked Mugabe are "utter lies".

Gabriella Engels and civil rights group AfriForum filed court papers last month to review the decision by the South African government to grant diplomatic immunity to Mugabe.

Further‚ the applicants want the court to declare that the decision to grant Mugabe immunity does not mean she will not be prosecuted.

Engels and her mother‚ Debbie‚ were in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday‚ along with her legal team‚ to apply to have Grace Mugabe added as a respondent in the case.

Adv. Simba Chitando‚ representing the Zimbabwean embassy‚ said they intend to oppose the application.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...-utter-lies-models-mum-on-mugabe-allegations/
 

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Couldn't the court subpoena Disgrace's two sons as witnesses?

If there was talk of that they'll be rushed out of country pretty fast.
 

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Zim embassy takes on AfriForum as Grace Mugabe saga unfolds

Pretoria - Should Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe be served court papers at the Zimbabwean embassy in South Africa or in person in her home country?

That's what acting judge Harshila Kooverjile must decide after several factors were raised during argument on Tuesday.

The embassy has applied to become an intervening party in AfriForum's application to see a decision by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity set aside.

Mugabe was granted permission to leave the country despite allegedly assaulting South African model, Gabriella Engels with an extension cord on August 13.

Both Engels and her mother Debbie were in court during proceedings accompanied by AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel.

In what is the first hurdle in its application, AfriForum has to get permission to serve papers on Mugabe who is in a foreign country.

In what was a lengthy exchange, AfriForum's Advocate Etienne Labuschagne and the embassy's Advocate Simba Chitando spent about three hours in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria arguing the technicalities of where Mugabe should be served papers.

No leg to stand on

In his argument, Labuschagne argued that the embassy had no leg to stand on as the case was between AfriForum and the court. The intervening party had no right to oppose the application, he said.

Labuschagne argued that AfriForum had the right to institute proceedings before the court saying they want to serve Mugabe at the president's office but Chitando replied: "She doesn't reside there.''

"It doesn't make any grammatical sense or even logical sense to say Grace Mugabe resides in the presidency,'' Chitando told the High Court on Tuesday.

Chitando argued that the issue had been complex, but this had not been a proper ex parte application.

"Look, if you want to serve on the president, the president's representative is here...It is not for us to say we are going to help you find addresses," he said.

"We are not going to find new laws for Grace Mugabe, we are going to deal with the laws that are here."

The right to oppose

He said AfriForum did not have the right to oppose them as an intervening party.

But Labuschagne said, "We are not dealing with someone who needs to be traced. We are dealing with a high profile wife of a president.’’

He said they needed to serve Mugabe papers at a location where the proceedings would be brought to her attention.

Kooverjile asked both parties to prepare short heads of arguments on why certain rules applied or not.

She reserved judgment.

Speaking to reporters outside the High Court, AfriForum's Willie Spies said he believed they had made their case and were looking forward to the judgment.

"I think the Zimbabwean government will keep delaying this matter but on the other hand we are also patient," Spies said.

News24
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/N...riforum-as-grace-mugabe-saga-unfolds-20170919
 

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Zimbabwean embassy withdraws from Grace Mugabe case after receiving threats

Pretoria - In a surprising twist in the matter involving Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, the country's embassy has decided to withdraw from the matter as an intervening party claiming its lawyer had received threats.

The lawyer representing the embassy, Simba Chitando, told the media that: "I have received instructions from consul general of the Zimbabwean embassy which reads: 'I have read the memorandum by Adv (Simba) Chitando our counsel of record and have personally seen various threats made against him while representing the Zimbabwean embassy.'

"The conducts of various individuals in this matter has made the Zimbabwean embassy and its future involvement in this matter undesirable.

"The Zimbabwean embassy, regardless of the outcome of the proceeding, shall no longer participate in these hearings,'' said Chitando on Friday.

Chitando, who did not clarify whether these were death threats, was responding to acting judge Harshila Koovertjie's short order - in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria - in the application on whether Mugabe should be served court papers at the Zimbabwean embassy in SA or in person in her home country.

Costs

Koovertjie said the matter should be referred to the opposed court. She said costs in this matter had been reserved.

AfriForum's Willie Spies said essentially, there was no order granted with regards to the arguments that were brought before the court on September 19.

He explained that the Zimbabwean embassy was granted seven days to file an affidavit confirming whether they represented Mugabe or not.

AfriForum will have seven days thereafter to respond to the embassy's affidavit, he said. The matter will then be argued at the opposed motion court.

Responding to the shocking news of the threats, Spies said it was "surprising".

"I have not heard of it [the threats]. That is absolute nonsense and I think that it is just an effort to taint the process and to put them in a position to attack the process later and I cannot believe that it is possible.

"Obviously, if it is true, then the matter needs to be investigated. But then I would like to see whether there were any criminal charges laid at the police station.

"The only criminal charge that was laid at the police was the criminal charge laid by [Gabriella] Engels against Grace Mugabe. That is the only criminal charge that was laid."

He explained that the embassy went to court on September 19 in an "absolute irregular fashion" to oppose an application that in normal course is not an opposed application.

"After they made this huge meal of the whole process, they come and announce today that they are withdrawing all of their efforts."

Delay tactics

Spies said to him, it looked like the embassy was using delay tactics.

"The mere involvement of the embassy from the onset was to frustrate and delay the process to ensure that justice is delayed. Fortunately now they have withdrawn which makes the process further, easier."

Spies said because the order was not granted yet, no one had received what they wanted.

"The matter was postponed for a hearing on the opposed motions roll..."

He said the process was not to "take on Grace Mugabe".

"The issue is to serve justice and to make sure that issues are brought before the court… and not [dealt with] by politicians in positions of power…

"The ultimate goal is to bring a review application, which is a civil proceeding, in order to set aside the immunity that was granted to Grace Mugabe so that criminal and civil proceedings can continue."

Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity despite allegedly assaulting South African model, Gabriella Engels with an extension cord on August 13.

Mugabe reportedly denied that she assaulted Engels, 20, after she allegedly found her with one of her two sons, Chatunga Bellarmine, in a hotel room in Sandton.

News24
http://www.news24.com/news24/SouthA...-mugabe-case-after-receiving-threats-20171006
 

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AfriForum gears up to tackle Grace Mugabe in court

PRETORIA - AfriForum’s application against the decision by the South African government to grant diplomatic immunity to former first lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe following an alleged physical assault on Johannesburg model Gabriella Engels will be heard in the High Court in Pretoria this week, the civil rights group said on Tuesday.

“This court application is the first important step in a process to have Mugabe prosecuted for her alleged assault of Gabriella Engels, a young Johannesburg model, in August 2017. High drama reigned last year when it became known that Engels was allegedly assaulted by Mugabe with an electric cord because [Grace Mugabe] was unhappy with the escapades of her two sons in a luxury hotel in Sandton,” said AfriForum legal representative Willie Spies.
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/afriforum-gears-up-to-tackle-grace-mugabe-in-court-14844203
 

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Smoke and mirrors. How do they honestly think they're going to get her before a South African court? She was assisted when leaving AFAIK.
 

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Diplomatic immunity for Grace Mugabe was unconstitutional, court hears

Former international relations and cooperation minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane acted unconstitutionally when she granted former Zimbabwean first lady, Grace Mugabe, diplomatic immunity.

This is the argument of the counsel representing the Democratic Alliance in an application by lobby group AfriForum against the decision by Nkoane-Mashabane to grant diplomatic immunity to Mugabe.

The case relates to an incident that happened in 2017, when the 52-year-old wife of former president Robert Mugabe allegedly beat up model Gabriella Engels at a Johannesburg hotel where her two sons were staying.

The matter is sitting before acting Judge Bashier Vally in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The DA's legal heavyweight, advocate Anton Katz SC said: "Point two is that what the minister of international relations did in relation with Grace Mugabe was inconsistent with the Constitution.

"The day that Robert Mugabe ceased to be the president of the country, it would seem that there is an argument to be made that Grace Mugabe's immunity ceased to exist."

Katz asked whether any immunity granted while Mugabe was still the president, was still valid.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...abe-was-unconstitutional-court-hears-20180510
 

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Judgment reserved in Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity case

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has reserved judgment in an application to review and set aside the former Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity.

Mugabe is accused of assaulting model Gabriella Engels at a hotel in August last year but was allowed to leave the country without being prosecuted.

While she has not denied hitting Engels with an extension cord, Mugabe says she acted in self-defence.

The International Relations Department argues that it did not grant grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity, but rather recognised it in terms of international law.
More at: http://ewn.co.za/2018/05/12/judgment-reserved-in-grace-mugabe-diplomatic-immunity-case
 

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Smoke and mirrors. How do they honestly think they're going to get her before a South African court? She was assisted when leaving AFAIK.
It can embarrass both Zim and SA governments, first the court will have to decide if the South African government acted correctly ,if the processes were not correctly followed it will be fuel for opposition to attack ANC, if we do have a extradition treaty with Zim and the court rules against the government it will be interesting to see how the new government in Zim will react if they feel Grace is a threat, if they don't their opposition will have field day, or nothing will happen and Grace may have to avoid South Africa, or the court could find government acted correctly.
 

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It can embarrass both Zim and SA governments, first the court will have to decide if the South African government acted correctly ,if the processes were not correctly followed it will be fuel for opposition to attack ANC, if we do have a extradition treaty with Zim and the court rules against the government it will be interesting to see how the new government in Zim will react if they feel Grace is a threat, if they don't their opposition will have field day, or nothing will happen and Grace may have to avoid South Africa, or the court could find government acted correctly.
Summed it up nicely and with both parties preaching a new dawn it is going to be very interesting, but it looks to me that both parties can afford dissapointing Mugabe just a little bit here, both don't have much to lose by an example of Grace.
 

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Summed it up nicely and with both parties preaching a new dawn it is going to be very interesting, but it looks to me that both parties can afford dissapointing Mugabe just a little bit here, both don't have much to lose by an example of Grace.
Quoting this for reference. I think you forget what the ANC has become. If the woman's league can effectively defend Manana... Given that this is Afriforum, I think we'll see the same stale repertoire.
 
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Quoting this for reference. I think you forget what the ANC has become. If the woman's league can defend a woman beater...
It is politics, friends aren't forever and so are enemies, Malema was called names yesterday today he is being called to come back home. All Mugabe's friends are now Mnangagwa's friends and life goes on.
 

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It is politics, friends aren't forever and so are enemies, Malema was called names yesterday today he is being called to come back home. All Mugabe's friends are now Mnangagwa's friends and life goes on.
Correct, but they're fundamentalists where the opposition is concerned and you can be sure Afriforum is seen as just a bit further back than the opposition. The ANC is about power and calling the shots, not about working with anyone who is not or opposes the ANC if they can avoid it.
 

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Correct, but they're fundamentalists where the opposition is concerned and you can be sure Afriforum is seen as just a bit further back than the opposition. The ANC is about power and calling the shots, not about working with anyone who is not or opposes the ANC if they can avoid it.
I think you are right regarding Afriforum, it will be interesting as this is not something that can easily be brushed off as some political witch hunt as it usually happens. The only thing that stood between arrest and Grace was the political influence she enjoyed at the time, but fact that it is Ariforum pursuing her might just be the spanner in the works.
 

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If it were a group with majority black support I'd say the ANC would stand back and let the law take it's course, but this could be interpreted the wrong way by their supporters. People still see Mugabe as a revolutionary despite the human rights abuses against black Zimbabweans.
 
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