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Grace Mugabe declared wanted in South Africa

Grace Mugabe declared wanted in South Africa

South African authorities issued an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe's former leader who was accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg past year, South African police said Wednesday.

After the alleged assault came to light in August 2017, the South African Government granted Mrs Mugabe diplomatic immunity, allowing her to leave the country and avoid prosecution.

Following the alleged attack, Ms Engels, who was 20 at the time, tweeted a picture of a wound on her head.

She has denied assaulting Ms Engels with an electric cable, saying an "intoxicated and unhinged" Ms Engels attacked her with a knife after the model had gone to see the Mugabes' sons at the hotel.

Grace Mugabe, the wife of former Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has been declared wanted by authorities in neighbouring South Africa.

This year, a South African court ruled that the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe was illegal.

Gabriella Engels sits during a press conference at the Afri Forum Offices in Centurion
Gabriella Engels sits during a press conference at the Afri Forum Offices in Centurion

Mugabe was ousted from power last year after controlling Zimbabwe for 30 years.

"Police investigated the matter and we can report now that a warrant of arrest has been issued for Grace Mugabe so it seems that justice is going to take place", said Kriel.

South African advocacy group Afriforum, which represented Engels, has dismissed Mrs Mugabe's denial as a lie.

The warrant has been issued regarding Mugabe's assault on model Gabriella Engels.

Times Live says the lobby group AfriForum, which has been pursing the case, made the announcement about the arrest warrant at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

It is unclear whether South Africa will push for Mrs Mugabe's extradition.

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