Government has failed us - mother of Gabriella Engels

The mother of Gabriella Engels says she is appalled by the government's decision to grant Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Mugabe was facing criminal charges last week after she allegedly attacked Engels at a hotel in Sandton.

The 20-year-old victim's mother, Debbie Engels, says the government failed her family.

Mugabe is now back in Zimbabwe after she left the country in the early hours of Sunday morning alongside President Robert Mugabe.

I am appalled that they allowed this woman to leave the country without having her day in court.

Debbie Engels

Read: AfriForum: SA govt part of plot to help Grace Mugabe escape consequences

She says neither police nor government authorities gave the family notice about their decision.

The mother says she's grateful for the legal team at AfriForum, which includes advocate Gerrie Nel.

I believe in AfriForum's Willie Spies and Gerrie Nel to get justice for my daughter, although the government has failed us.

Debbie Engels

Grace Mugabe will be brought to justice at some point.

Debbie Engels

Also read: Afriforum's Gerrie Nel gives the NPA three months to prosecute Grace Mugabe

She advises that her daughter is trying her best to recover from the ordeal and get normality back into her life.

She also expressed gratitude to South Africans who have shown their support and solidarity.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Government has failed us - mother of Gabriella Engels


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
AfriForum: SA govt part of plot to help Grace Mugabe escape consequences

AfriForum: SA govt part of plot to help Grace Mugabe escape consequences

AfriForum will help Gabriella Engels file a legal bid asking the court to review the decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic cover.

Grace Mugabe may not have had diplomatic immunity when she entered SA

Grace Mugabe may not have had diplomatic immunity when she entered SA

If you have to be granted immunity on an ad-hoc basis you have to notify the state about it says Prof Hennie Strydom.

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

A caller wanted to know what the alleged victim had done in order for Grace Mugabe to assault her.

Grace Mugabe was not on the diplomatic envoy list - law professor

Grace Mugabe was not on the diplomatic envoy list - law professor

Prof James Grant says she would have had to be listed as a special envoy or representative of another state, and she was not.

Afriforum's Gerrie Nel gives the NPA three months to prosecute Grace Mugabe

Afriforum's Gerrie Nel gives the NPA three months to prosecute Grace Mugabe

AfriForum and its independent prosecution unit will be getting involved in the case of alleged assault of Gabriella Engels.

Police on 'red alert' to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving SA

Police on 'red alert' to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving SA

Mugabe is facing criminal charges after she allegedly assaulted Gabriela engels with an electric cord at a Sandton hotel on Sunday

Grace Mugabe could face jail time - criminal attorney

Grace Mugabe could face jail time - criminal attorney

Criminal attorney, Cliff Alexander believes Mugabe's best option would be to approach the state and complainant for a mediation.

Grace Mugabe used normal passport and can't enjoy diplomatic immunity

Grace Mugabe used normal passport and can't enjoy diplomatic immunity

Shadow Minister of International Relations says Mugabe's case should not be debated any further as she can't enjoy any privileges.

Popular articles
Most common sex-related injuries and how to avoid them!

Most common sex-related injuries and how to avoid them!

Experts say vaginal tears, broken penises and the loss of foreign objects in the body are often seen in the ER

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Richard Nwamba will host a new African music show between 16h00 and 18h00 every Saturday.

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Mtongana about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

Johannesburg father, Chris says he had just come back from work when he walked in on an employee raping his 17 year old daughter.

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

A trending Twitter debate has left social media users arguing over whether Winnie the Pooh is a girl or boy.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?