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Embassy ordered to file Grace Mugabe affidavit

Publish date: 09 October 2017
Issue Number: 746
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ordered that the Zimbabwean embassy must file an affidavit in seven days stating whether or not it is representing Grace Mugabe, accused of assaulting SA model Gabriella Engels. A Weekend Argus report says Acting Judge Harshila Koovertjie made the order in a matter in which Engels and AfriForum are asking the court to set aside Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity from prosecution. AfriForum has also been given seven days to respond to an affidavit by the Zimbabwe embassy. Then the matter will be argued again in the opposed motion court. In a surprising turn of events, the Zimbabwean embassy decided to withdraw from the matter citing that their legal representative had received threats.

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