“But when we saw that first tweet [that the diplomatic immunity was unlawful]‚ I turned on the TV. We were so happy. I was so elated; I was jumping up and down like a little kid in a toy store.”
Gabriella made headlines after she went public with allegations that Mugabe had attacked her with an extension cord in a Sandton hotel. Images of her injuries soon went viral on social media‚ and she became the target of vicious online attacks.
Even now‚ her mother said‚ Gabriella was not ready to speak to the media about her reaction to the high court ruling that could see her taking the stand against Mugabe.
“It was very difficult in the beginning‚ when people were spreading all kinds of lies about her. But she actually grew a thick skin. This has made her very strong.
“A lot of people told us that we were wasting our time‚ and we are never going to win this case. So this is a big victory.”
And is Gabriella ready to face Grace Mugabe at a trial?
“We will deal with that when the time comes. We trust in God‚” Debbie said.
She added that‚ despite some of the vitriol that Gabriella experienced‚ she was also overwhelmed by the love and support of ordinary people‚ including many Zimbabweans.
“People would find her on social media‚ or get hold of her number and send her messages of love and encouragement. That helped so much‚ it lifted both of us.”