Video: Ramaphosa comments on decision to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

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Video: Ramaphosa comments on decision to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

South Africa’s Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa commented on the decision by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity. Ramaphosa said that the decision was done in terms of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act.

Said Ramaphosa:

Honourable House Chair, the decision to grant Mrs Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity was taken by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. She has indicated that she did so in terms of Section 7(2) of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act, a piece of legislation that the minister administers. The Minister has sent correspondence to the Speaker of this House in this regard and I understand that the relevant portfolio committee is now seized with this matter. Furthermore, both the Democratic Alliance and AfriForum have approached our courts to review this decision, which they are entitled to in every way possible. I trust that this House through the portfolio committee process and taking into account the courts’ proceedings that are currently underway will deal with the matter on whether or not the minister’s decision was appropriate. This is a difficult case in light of the complexities of balancing diplomatic conventions as well as protocols against the imperatives of natural justice…

Watch the video below for Ramaphosa’s answer:



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