Arrest warrant issued for Grace Mugabe, says AfriForum

Elias Hubbard
December 19, 2018

Lobby group AfriForum said on Wednesday that it has learnt that a warrant of arrest has been issued against former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe.

Police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said it related to an alleged attack in an upmarket Johannesburg neighbourhood previous year.

Mrs Mugabe was accused of assaulting a young model, Gabriella Engels, in a hotel in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, in 2017.

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. "With an extension cord and plug to hit me".

That immunity was overturned by a South African court this year after the alleged victim, model Gabriella Engels, challenged the decision.

The Sunday Times reported in August that the South African government accepted a court ruling declaring the diplomatic immunity granted to Mugabe as invalid.

The alleged assault took place about three months before the military takeover in Zimbabwe, which saw Robert Mugabe resign as president after 37 years in power.

At the time an army spokesman denied a military takeover was underway but the situation bore all the hallmarks of a coup: The military was in control of state TV in Harare, a significant army presence was at the city's worldwide airport, and Mugabe was not seen in public.

Brent Swails reported from Johannesburg.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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