South African minister faces inquiry in Grace Mugabe scandal
The South African foreign minister is to be summoned before a parliamentary committee to explain the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, who is accused of assaulting a young model at a Johannesburg hotel.
South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said on Wednesday that parliament's international relations panel will ask Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to explain why Grace Mugabe was allowed to return to Zimbabwe on Sunday despite calls for her prosecution.
The Democratic Alliance said in a statement that a date for Ms Nkoana-Mashabane's appearance before the committee should be scheduled urgently and that "South Africa cannot be treated as a playground for international criminals".
Gabriella Engels, 20, claims that Mrs Mugabe attacked her on August 13, whipping her with an extension cord that cut her forehead.