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Grace Mugabe avoids assault charges in South Africa

Zimbabwe's first lady has returned home after being granted diplomatic immunity

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Grace Mugabe avoids assault charges in South Africa

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Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has escaped answering asault charges in South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity.

She arrived back in Harare early on Sunday morning.


Mugabe, 52, was accused of attacking 20-year-old model Gabriella Engels after finding her in a room with her two sons at an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

The model’s mother claimed she required more a dozen stitches for her head wounds.


The case has sparked fierce debate in South Africa with the opposition Democratic Alliance calling for a parliamentary inquiry, especially as August has been
designated Women’s Month to highlight concerns around gender violence and abuse.