Grace Mugabe in SA court


FILE: Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. Picture: EWN

Today, an overjoyed Jewish press reported that wife of anti-Israel Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe is appearing in a South African for allegedly assaulting Gabriella Engels, 20-year-old South African model with an extension cord in Sandton on Sunday evening.

South African police minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that Grace Mugabe is not under arrest and that she had agreed to defend herself against the assault allegation. He also said that the Zimbabwe’s First Lady is not covered by diplomatic immunity as she was not on a official visit to South Africa.

On Monday, BBC’s Pumza Fihlani reported that “Grace Mugabe allegedly attacked the woman with an extension cord after finding her with her two sons in a hotel room in Sandton, a plush suburb north of Johannesburg.”

Grace’s two sons, Robert jr, 25, and Chatunga Bellarmine, 21, were previously studying in Dubai but had to leave suddenly earlier this year, apparently after problems with their social life.

Grace Mugabe was in South Africa last week to receive treatment for her injured foot, and did not attend her husband’s youth rally in Gwanda, southern Zimbabwe, on Saturday.

Grace Mugabe, PhD, 52, is the leader of the powerful women’s league of Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party. Grace, a divorcee married president Robert Mugabe, 93 in 1996 to become his second wife. Both have three children. She is involved in charitable work and is also founder of an orphanage.

Both husband and wife are subject to Jewish controlled European Union and United States sanctions, including travel bans



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