Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters
For Immediate Release: 30 July 2018
Gender Commission Welcomes Judgement Setting Aside Grace Mugabe’s Immunity
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes Honourable Justice Bashier Vally’s judgment in the South Gauteng High Court which sets aside the decision to grant Mrs Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity. The Gender Commission represented by the Legal Resources Centre successfully joined the litigation as amicus curiae (friend to the Court).
Through its representations, the Gender Commission submitted that providing Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after assaulting Ms Gabriella Engels, directly violated the constitutional directive to protect, promote and fulfill the rights of women, including violating South Africa’s host of international obligations to safeguard women. The judgment signifies that gender based violence requires serious and concerted response by the State.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 30 July 2018
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.