Model Mum insist that “Grace Mugabe can’t buy justice”
A case against Grace Mugabe has been resumed after Judge Bashier Vally on Friday reserved judgment in an application by lobby group AfriForum against the decision by the international relations and cooperation minister to grant diplomatic immunity to Mugabe wife.
Early after incidence, wife of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity after she allegedly beat up model Gabriella Engels at a Johannesburg hotel where her two sons were staying.
Engels’ mom Debbie said she was hopeful because the counsel representing her daughter had done a great job, reported by News24.
“Everything is now in the hands of the judge, but we are hopeful.”
Engels said that if Judge Vally ruled in their favour, criminal proceedings should follow.
“At the end of the day, all we want is for Grace Mugabe to come and stand in the dock and answer as to why she attacked my daughter in the first place.
“If the judge throws in a sentence, it would be a bonus.”
She said the Mugabe family had never reached out to them to apologise or to explain why Gabriella had been assaulted.
“They did offer us money in the beginning, but we are not going to disclose the amount. But at the end of the day, you cannot buy justice. You cannot just give us some money and my daughter is supposed to heal.
“My daughter does not know why this woman came and attacked her from nowhere. All the stories that are circulating that my daughter attacked Grace is an utter lie, there were witnesses in the room that can testify that this woman barged into the room and hit her. We want to know why she did that.”
Engels said her daughter had suffered a lot of trauma after the incident.
“You can’t put a child through trauma and come give a certain amount of money and expect that the child must go on and her trauma must be washed away. That is not the way it works.”
She said Gabriella wanted closure.
“She must tell us why she did what she did so that my daughter can heal.”