Grace Mugabe makes 'emergency' trip to secure SA home for sons

2017-07-02 15:30
Robert Jr and Bellarmine Chatunga Mugabe. (File: AP)

Robert Jr and Bellarmine Chatunga Mugabe. (File: AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe has had to make an emergency trip to South Africa to secure accommodation for her two sons.

This emerged at the weekend, after Grace missed a rally in Masvingo where her husband was drumming up support from youths for his 2018 presidential bid.

President Robert Mugabe relayed a message from his wife to thousands of supporters at the Friday rally.

'Secure accommodation'

"I wanted to be there with you at this meeting but the emergency in South Africa could not allow me to return on time since I have to make sure my children have secure accommodation," the private Daily News quoted the president as saying in Shona. 

Mugabe’s two sons, Robert Junior and Bellarmine Chatunga were reported to have relocated to South Africa early this year, Robert from Dubai and Chatunga from Harare.  

They’re understood to now be studying in Johannesburg, although it’s not clear where.

One thing is certain: whatever lodgings their mother does find for them won’t be humble.

Swanky villa

Early this year, independent press reports said the Mugabes were paying half a million US dollars per year to rent a villa for Robert Junior in Dubai’s plush Emirates Hills suburb. 

Top ruling party officials are often criticised for sending their children to South Africa or abroad to study, instead of supporting local universities and colleges.

This week hundreds of medical students at the University of Zimbabwe were evicted from their halls of residence in Harare after some of them staged a demonstration over fees they say are unaffordable.

Many were forced to sleep out in the open or take shelter at a local church. They have since been allowed back into their rooms after rights lawyers went to the High Court to overturn the evictions.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  grace mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Does your dog have separation anxiety?

We've got tips, advice and how to help your dog

 
 

Paws

Fascinating facts about dogs
Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.