Tuesday, 15 August 2017

South African Police 'still negotiating' with Robert Mugabe's wife over assault allegation



 
South African police are still negotiating with the legal team of Zimbabwe's first lady to get her to hand herself in and face court over allegations she attacked a model.

Gabriella Engels has accused Grace Mugabe of assaulting her while she was visiting the first lady's sons in a hotel room in an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg.


The 20-year-old claims the first lady's bodyguards stood and watched as Mrs Mugabe, 52, hit her with an extension cord.


She posted a picture on social media showing a gash in her forehead, which she claims is a result of the alleged encounter.


"I had no clue who this woman was when she started beating me," Ms Engels told local radio station 702.


 

Police minister Fikile Mbalula had said earlier that Mrs Mugabe had handed herself in to police and would appear in court.


But a senior police source told the Reuters news agency: "The negotiations for her to hand herself in are still going on. We are at a point where we cannot effect an arrest yet."


A Zimbabwean intelligence source told Reuters that Mrs Mugabe was travelling on a normal passport.


South African media reports say diplomatic immunity will not apply in the case because Mrs Mugabe is not a part of Zimbabwe's government or a government official.




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