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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Peter Fabricius.]

The government has been accused of “blatant abuse of national and international law” for granting Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe immunity against prosecution for allegedly assaulting 20-year-old South African model Gabriella Engels in Sandton a week ago.

Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane gazetted a notice granting Mugabe immunity after she had already left the country with her husband President Robert Mugabe on Saturday.

He had been attending the summit in Pretoria of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The minister’s delay in granting immunity was apparently a deliberate ploy to forestall any legal challenges to the move before the Mugabes had left the country. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) could not lay charges against her while Nkoana-Mashabane was considering whether or not to grant her immunity. And the activist group AfriForum, which took up Engels’ case earlier this week, could not launch a private prosecution until the NPA had decided not to prosecute.

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57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
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