Police in South African say prosecutors in the country have issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe’s ex-first lady Grace Mugabe, for allegedly assaulting a model in 2017.
The move comes a few months after a court annulled her diplomatic immunity in July.
Gabriella Engels accused Mrs Mugabe of beating the “hell out of me” with an electric extension cord in a hotel room in Johannesburg.
On her part, Mrs Mugabe said at the time that she had acted in self-defence after the “intoxicated and unhinged” model attacked her in the room where her two sons lived.
The alleged assault took place in August 2017 after Mrs Mugabe found Ms Engels with her two sons, Robert and Chatunga, in a hotel room in Sandton, a wealthy suburb in the city’s north.
The then first lady was in South Africa to be treated for an ankle injury, Zimbabwean media reported.
Ms Engels released an image of a head injury online. “When Grace entered I had no idea who she was,” she told South African’s News24 at the time.
“She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it. She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away.”
She added: “There was blood everywhere. Over my arms, in my hair, everywhere.”
The South African Police Service (Saps) investigated the alleged assault but the foreign minister at the time, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, granted Mrs Mugabe diplomatic immunity, allowing her to leave the country without answering questions. That immunity was annulled in July.
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