A South African diplomat accredited to Zimbabwe Mlulami Singapi has been suspended for allegedly assaulting a workmate twice early this year.
Singapi, the second in charge at the embassy in Harare, reportedly beat up the head of corporate services, Lyn de Jong, after she allegedly whistle-blew on his misconduct.
The result of the probe by South Africa’s Ministry of International Relations and Co-operation is expected to be released soon, NewsDay has been told.
In a written reply to a parliamentary question, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said disciplinary action against Singapi, a political counsellor at the embassy, had been initiated.
“Singapi was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” she said.
The investigation found there was an altercation between De Jong and Singapi, and that De Jong was “injured in the process”.
It was recommended that Singapi be charged with misconduct, Nkoane-Mashabane said.
Sources at the embassy said the release of the report had been delayed by the ongoing civil servants’ strike in South Africa.
“Investigations into the incident have been completed. Singapi is currently in South Africa where he is awaiting the outcome of the report.
Once the civil service employees go back to work, the report should be released,” the sources said.
Singapi allegedly assaulted De Jong in her office at the embassy before she was rescued by colleagues who heard her screaming.
She suffered injuries, including a swollen face and eyes, ears and bruises on her back and chest, NewsDay heard.