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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Guardian.]

A South African woman who has said she was whipped with an electrical cord by Grace Mugabe has filed court papers challenging her government’s decision to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady diplomatic immunity, advocacy group Afriforum said.

Mugabe is accused of attacking 20-year-old Gabriella Engels after the model went to see the Mugabes’ sons, Robert and Chatunga, at the Capital 20 West hotel in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton district earlier this month.

Police had initially placed border posts on “red alert” to prevent Mugabe from leaving the country when the incident came to light. But South Africa’s international relations minister later said she had granted diplomatic immunity to the wife of Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president, Robert Mugabe.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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