Zimbabwe has requested diplomatic immunity for the first lady, Grace Mugabe, after she was accused of assaulting a model at a hotel in Johannesburg, according to a statement from South Africa’s police ministry.
It confirmed that Grace Mugabe remains in South Africa, despite reports that she had returned home after failing to turn herself in to face charges of assault.
She is married to the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, 93, who has led the country since 1980, and is the head of the ruling Zanu-PF party’s women’s wing.
Gabriella Engels told South African media that Grace Mugabe had attacked her with an electrical extension cord after the model went to see the Mugabes’ sons Robert and Chatungaon Sunday.
The case threatens to cause a diplomatic incident between Zimbabwe and South Africa, which share a border and have close economic and political ties.
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