The Zimbabwean government has refused to help South Africa in extraditing Grace Mugabe to face trial over charges of assault.
South Africa on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the former first lady of Zimbabwe. Mrs. Mugabe is accused of assaulting a model in South Africa.
The assault victim, model Gabriella Engels was allegedly assaulted by Mrs. Mugabe for partying with her sons, Robert jnr and Bellarmine Chatunga, who were students in South Africa.
At the time of the incident, Mrs. Mugabe was still first lady since her husband, Robert was still in power.
The South African government at the time granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity allowing her to flee to Zimbabwe before she could be arrested.
But that immunity was overturned by a South African court this year after the alleged victim opposed the decision.
South African police were hoping Interpol’s could help them to enforce the warrant.
Zimbabwe’s deputy minister of information, Energy Mutodi, said on Thursday that the government will not enforce the warrant.
According to Mutodi Robert Mugabe was the country’s founder and “harassment of his immediate family members is not in the best interests of Zimbabwe”.