Arrest warrant issued for Grace Mugabe after alleged assault

An arrest warrant has been issued for former first girl of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe after she allegedly assaulted a mannequin in Johannesburg in 2017.

South African police mentioned the warrant for the spouse of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe had been granted on 13 December.

Mrs Mugabe, 53, reportedly attacked Gabriella Engels utilizing extension wire at a luxurious lodge in August final yr.



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The South African mannequin claimed she was attacked by Mrs Mugabe whereas she was visiting the primary girl’s sons, Chatunga and Robert Junior, in a Johannesburg lodge room.

Ms Engels, who was 20 on the time, mentioned Mrs Mugabe’s bodyguards stood and watched as the primary girl hit her with an extension wire.

Ms Engels appeared at a press conference with dressings on her head
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Ms Engels alleges the previous first girl assaulted her

“The police investigated and we made an software to the courts, and the courts granted a warrant for the arrest,” police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo mentioned.

The Randburg Magistrates Court docket in Gauteng province issued the warrant, charging Mrs Mugabe with “assault inflicting grievous bodily hurt”.

“We’re following the Interpol (Worldwide Felony Police) processes, so we’re making use of for help to safe her arrest,” Mr Naidoo added.

Ms Engels, now 21, suffered cuts to her brow and the again of her head.

FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace look on after addressing a news conference at his private residence nicknamed "Blue Roof" in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
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Robert Mugabe, 94, was ousted in November 2017

On the time, the federal government granted Mrs Mugabe diplomatic immunity, permitting her to go away South Africa, however that call was overturned by the courts in July, labelling the choice by the overseas ministry as “inconsistent with the structure”.

Foyer group AfriForum, which has been pursuing the case on Ms Engels’ behalf, welcomed the arrest warrant.

“AfriForum first needed to method the court docket to have Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity put aside, which paved the best way for the police to research and it has now reached a degree the place an arrest will be made,” AfriForum director Kallie Kriel mentioned.

On the time, Mrs Mugabe painted herself because the sufferer of the incident and accused Ms Engels of being “intoxicated and unhinged” and attacking her with a knife.

Former president Mr Mugabe, 94, was ousted in November 2017 after a quick army takeover when generals stepped in to make sure that his spouse was not in line to succeed him.

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