Zimbabweans apologize to model allegedly assaulted by Grace Mugabe
A group of prominent Zimbabwean political activists have written an apology letter to the 20 year-old model who was allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe at a hotel in Johannesburg, according to News24.
The activists belonging to a group, called “Vana veDzimbabwe” or Children of Zimbabwe, submitted the letter of apology at the South African embassy in Harare.
They were quoted in that letter saying how deeply ashamed they were about the actions of the first lady who has not spoken on the matter so far.
“We as children of this land do hereby submit this apology to the people of South Africa for the assault of South African citizen Gabriella Engels by the wife of our president, First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe on the 13th of August 2017,” the letter stated.
The activists went further to say that “On behalf of our nation and her people, we want you to know that we are deeply ashamed at this unfortunate incident. It is our natural, moral and religious conviction that violence is abhorrent and not a good solution to any issue where dialogue and mediation are possible.”
Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Sunday returned to Zimbabwe from South Africa where she had been accused of assaulting the 20 year old model after securing a diplomatic immunity to prevent her from facing prosecution.
South Africa’s international relations minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in a notice published in the government’s Gazette on Sunday said “I hereby recognise the immunities and privileges of the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr Grace Mugabe,”
South Africa’s main opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in a statement said “The DA will be demanding an immediate parliamentary inquiry into (the) government’s complicity in allowing Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe to flee the country in the dead of night to avoid criminal prosecution.”