President’s stepson fined for killing in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s stepson fined by court for killing man

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Zimbabwean court imposes fine on Russell Goreraza, stepson of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, for beating and killing a man in his car in the Harare capital of Zimbabwe in February.

"I regret and want to apologise for the incident," President Robert Mugabe's 31-year-old stepson told the court.

The President of the Magistrates Association of Zimbabwe, Douglas Chikwekwe, decided to fine Goreraza instead of cancelling his licence and sending him to jail, considering his remorse.

Goreraza being a first time offender was also influential in the court’s decision, the magistrate said.

BBC reporter Brian Hungwe says people have strongly reacted to the court’s decision and are shocked by the fact that Goreraza did not get a jail term.

Goreraza waited in the court until reporters left in order to avoid the cameras.

Goreraza is Grace Mugabe's first son from her marriage to Stanley Goreraza, a diplomatic military attache.

He is interested in mining and farming instead of politics, unlike his family.

The relationship between GraceMugabe and President Mugabe began while she was working as a typist in state house in the late 1980s.

They married in 1996 and have three children.

TRTWorld and agencies