Lerato Zikalala‚ for the commission‚ said the Constitution obliged the state to take reasonable steps to protect women from violence.
She said Engels‚ as a woman‚ formed part of a vulnerable group of society. She said women were far too often the victims of domestic assault‚ such as the one allegedly perpetrated by Mugabe.
Zikalala said South Africa had assumed international obligations to ensure justice for victims of gender violence‚ to ensure that victims of violence had access to effective remedies and that alleged perpetrators like Mugabe were investigated and prosecuted.
She said following these obligations‚ South Africa should not be protecting alleged perpetrators.
Zikalala said granting Mugabe diplomatic immunity meant Engels did not have access to effective remedies.
"This is inconsistent with our international law obligations‚" Zikalala said.
The matter continues.