Pretoria – Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has written to Parliament concerning the diplomatic immunity granted to Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe.
Mashabane’s remarks come days after her ministry allowed Mugabe to return back home after she assaulted 20-year-old South African model Gabriella Engels with an extension chord on the forehead at a hotel after she allegedly found Engels with her sons.
“We are following the law. We have written to Parliament and we will follow up on this matter,” she said, adding Speaker Baleka Mbete, chairperson of the portfolio committee on International Relations and Cooperation Moses Masango were already informed.
And while the public has criticised the South African government for the manner in which it handled the Mugabe assault saga, Nkoana-Mashabane highlighted that she is very supportive of her children and that this has been a painful exercise for her at a mother.
The minister, who was joined by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Miniser Des Van Rooyen was speaking at a press briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon where she announced efforts by South Africa to assist the people of Sierra Leone following the Mudslides that have hit the West African country.
The death toll in the region stands at 500 with hundreds more still said to be missing.
Nkoana-Mashbane said while the government would not be dispatching a team of humanitarian workers to the country due to dangerous conditions, an amount of R8 million would be donated to the affected government.