Grace Mugabe saga: Police seeks Interpol's help to enforce arrest warrant

2018-12-19 17:32
Gabriella Engels accused Grace Mugabe of assaulting her at a hotel with an electrical extension cord. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Gabriella Engels accused Grace Mugabe of assaulting her at a hotel with an electrical extension cord. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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South African police are seeking Interpol's help to enforce an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe over an alleged assault of a model in Johannesburg last year, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.

After the alleged beating with an electric cable came to light in August 2017, the South African government granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity. That immunity was overturned by a South African court this year after the alleged victim, Gabriella Engels, challenged the decision.

180324095145029 "I can confirm that a warrant for the arrest of Grace Mugabe was issued last Thursday," South African Police Service spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said, adding police were seeking Interpol's help to enforce it.

The incident took place at a hotel in the affluent Sandton neighbourhood when Engels was with two of Mugabe's sons, according to the model. Grace Mugabe arrived and lashed out at her without reason, she said.

Mugabe later was allowed to return to Zimbabwe without being prosecuted.

Representatives of Mugabe have said Engels was the  aggressor in the altercation.

The warrant means should the former first lady - sometimes dubbed "Gucci Grace" for her lavish lifestyle - now enter South Africa she will be arrested.

Arrest warrant issued for Grace Mugabe - AfriForum

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.

AfriForum, a South African group that represented Engels, said the court ruling allowed police to proceed with an investigation. "We believe that this sends out a strong message that nobody is above the law, not even if your surname is Mugabe," said Kallie Kriel, the group's CEO.

Grace Mugabe is widely loathed in Zimbabwe for her expensive tastes and her political ambitions.

Her sons with Robert Mugabe - who was deposed by a military coup last November - are also known for their decadent spending and hedonistic lifestyles.

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