Cyril Ramaphosa booed in parliament for defending decision to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

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South Africa’s Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa was booed by MPs after he defended the ANC government’s decision to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Ramaphosa was responding to Inkatha Freedom Party MP Liesl van der Merwe’s question on what the decision to grant Grace immunity will mean for gender violence and gender relations in the country. Said Ramaphosa:

These regulations and conventions are understood and well recognised at a United Nations level, and that was utilised for this purpose. So clearly, it has its own sub-regulation in terms of its own efficacy. It’s the first time we have utilised this type of convention. A lot can be said pro and against it. In the end, the clarity that we need on this matter is not full and complete. Yes, in certain environments it is applied, in others, it’s not applied.

Grace Mugabe was accused of beating 20-year old South African model, Gabriella Engels with an extension, on August 13 at a Johannesburg hotel where her two sons were staying.

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Grace Mugabe is the Zimbabwean first lady; wife to President Robert Mugabe of the ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). She is also the Secretary of the ZANU- PF Women's League after her nomination and subsequent election in 2014. She is also an established philanthropist who owns an orphanage in the Mazowe area of Mashonaland Central province. Read More

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a country located in the Southern Africa region. Its capital city is Has capital::Harare and the country has provinces. Zimbabwe is 390,580 sq km and is bordered on all sides by other countries (Zambia in the north, South Africa in the South, Botswana in the west and Mozambique in the east). The Zimbabwean population includes the majority black Africans, most of who are indigenous Shona and Ndebele. Besides these major ethnic groups, there are also migrant citizens mainly from sub-Saharan Africa. Besides these foreigners resident in Zimbabwe, there are also a number of other local indigenous ethnic minorities scattered in different corners of the country and these include the Tonga, the Tawara, Venda and Kalanga people. As at 2012, the population of people in Zimbabwe stood at 13 061 239.The National Anthem. Click below to play Read More

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