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Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe

Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe”

There was no sign of Mrs Mugabe at a regional summit that Zimbabwe's 93-year-old president attended on Saturday in South Africa's capital, Pretoria.

"South African police issued" red alert" on Friday at the country's borders to prevent Mugabe from fleeing undetected.

"In the worst case scenario, if we get to a situation where she can not come to the country any more, I think that will be a positive step", said Kriel, adding, "But the first prize is to make sure she is being prosecuted".

It comes as South Africa weighs Zimbabwe's request for diplomatic immunity for its first lady, who has been accused of assaulting a young model in Johannesburg.

The country's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), called for a parliamentary inquiry into South Africa's decision to let the Zimbabwean first lady leave, tweeting that the government has "no more legitimacy in the arena of worldwide diplomacy and displays a total disregard for the rule of law".

She said that the first lady's bodyguards stood by and watched.

"This is actually the fourth incident in which she's assaulted people and gotten away with it", the official added.

South African media reported that during a press briefing the lawyers said no guidelines were given by the officials as to what would happen if the Engels family do not write an amount on the cheque.

Legendary South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel - nicknamed the Bulldog, who said he will be representing Engel, said she will not speak publicly until the trial.

Speculation has also swirled on whether Grace Mugabe has left South Africa, and whether she will receive diplomatic immunity. But for reasons such as that of economic gains and social cohesion, South Africa tends to find itself in a situation where its needs to maintain cordial diplomatic ties with countries who do not uphold the same policy as that of its own.

It is not clear whether Mrs Mugabe entered South Africa on a personal or diplomatic passport.

Robert Mugabe - the world's oldest sitting president - arrived in South Africa Wednesday evening.

South African Airways says in a statement it is awaiting a decision by Zimbabwean authorities. Other news outlets suggest the leader is there at least partially to manage the crisis. "The South African government has let the victim down by deciding to protect somebody that is being accused of a violent crime", says Kriel.

News of attack followed an avalanche of calls for prosecution of the Zimbabwean First Lady from civil society organisations.

In 2009, she was granted diplomatic immunity in Hong Kong after she repeatedly punched a British photographer for taking pictures of her at a luxury hotel.

Outside the summit, some protested against Mugabe on Saturday, saying she should be prosecuted.



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