Workers group, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has blasted the South African for their “cowardly” act of granting diplomatic immunity to First Lady Grace Mugabe for her alleged assault of model Gabriella Engels. The group has called on the government to ban Grace from entering the country. In a statement Cosatu spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla said:
This (immunity) makes a mockery of our rule of law and the principle of equality before the law.
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It is clear now that the citizens of this country cannot be guaranteed protection by this government.
This ill thought decision is proof that our so called exceptionalism is an amount of scale, not of quality anymore.
While we agree that government has every right to maintain healthy relations with our neighbouring countries but this should not be done at the expense of South African citizens.
We cannot allow the political anarchy and vandalism of the Mugabe led administration in Zimbabwe to be imported into our country.
Ms Grace should be banned from ever coming into this country. Our government’s camouflaged surrender and cowardice is shameful. We are turning into a Banana republic very fast because of our government’s misdirected idealism.
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Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe (nee Marufu) is a Zimbabwean politician, business person and was the wife of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. She is also a former member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) political party. She was the Secretary of the Zanu-PF Women's... Read More About Grace Mugabe