Grace Mugabe probed over alleged assault in S Africa
- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 19, 2017,
Aug 19, 2017, 5:58
Mugabe (52) who is married to President Robert Mugabe, was expected to hand herself over to police after she allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old model, Gabriella Engels, with an extension cord in Sandton on Saturday.
South African police minister Fikile Mbalula said early in the day that Grace had already handed herself in to police and would appear in court shortly.
Riot police, reportedly acting on behalf of Grace Mugabe, knocked down homes on farms she had chose to take over.
The first lady is 41 years younger than her 93-year-old husband, who is the one of the world's longest-serving heads of state.
Zimbabwean news has reported that Grace was in South Africa for treatment following a "freak accident" in which she injured her right ankle.
Engels posted several photos on social media showing a gash in her forehead that she said was caused by Ms. Mugabe. A bodyguard directed her to wait in a separate room, and shortly thereafter, Mrs. Mugabe began beating her with an extension cord. "I was surprised... I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away", said Engels, in an interview with News24.
"I can not just go to Zimbabwe and beat up people there and then the matter will disappear".
"By end of business yesterday, she had failed to present herself as arranged", the statement said.
She said she required 14 stitches for the cuts she suffered.
Her official duties at the summit could bolster her claim to diplomatic immunity, after her trip to see her sons was widely described as private.
Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party have since made a shocking attempt to make First Lady Mugabe the victim in all this, claiming that Gabrielle Engels was the aggressor. "Subsequently, the Government of Zimbabwe has dispatched a diplomatic note verbale to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation invoking said Diplomatic Immunity cover", a statement from the ministry said. She is scheduled to appear in court later on Tuesday.
She said she had recently met the Mugabe brothers and that mutual friends invited her to hang out at the hotel.
"Her ten bodyguards just stood there watching, no one did anything, no one tried to help me". We don't know where this issue of assault charges is coming from'.
According to a report by IOL, Mugabe may face prosecution for the alleged assault in South Africa. "I have two open wounds at the back of my head as well".
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zimbabwean President #Robert Mugabe's main opposition, as well as other pro-democracy groups have slammed the incident.