Grace Mugabe avoids assault charges in South Africa

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By Tokunbo Salako  with REUTERS
Grace Mugabe avoids assault charges in South Africa

<p>Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has escaped answering asault charges in South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity.</p> <p>She arrived back in Harare early on Sunday morning. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Department of International Relations confirms Nkoana-Mashabane has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity <a href="https://t.co/fk1GA8izlo">https://t.co/fk1GA8izlo</a> <a href="https://t.co/aRx8JijwQT">pic.twitter.com/aRx8JijwQT</a></p>— City Press Online (@City_Press) <a href="https://twitter.com/City_Press/status/899252741020712960">August 20, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <p>The model’s mother claimed she required more a dozen stitches for her head wounds.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Some Anti-Grace Mugabe protesters at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SADCsummit?src=hash">#SADCsummit</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SouthAfrica?src=hash">#SouthAfrica</a> <a href="https://t.co/L4aPg6zv1L">pic.twitter.com/L4aPg6zv1L</a></p>— harumutasa/aljazeera (@harumutasa) <a href="https://twitter.com/harumutasa/status/898859070534365184">August 19, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The case has sparked fierce debate in South Africa with the opposition Democratic Alliance calling for a parliamentary inquiry, especially as August has been <br /> designated Women’s Month to highlight concerns around gender violence and abuse.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Make what you will of this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GraceMugabe?src=hash">#GraceMugabe</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Zuma?src=hash">#Zuma</a> dance last Weds. <a href="https://t.co/s6L2nTUbpg">pic.twitter.com/s6L2nTUbpg</a></p>— Dan Moyane (@danmoyane) <a href="https://twitter.com/danmoyane/status/899317808001167361">August 20, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">[ICYMI] Today’s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eNCAcartoon?src=hash">#eNCAcartoon</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GraceMugabe?src=hash">#GraceMugabe</a>. Find more cartoons here >> <a href="https://t.co/KUh2BsdVhw">https://t.co/KUh2BsdVhw</a> <a href="https://t.co/lTj5zDjvgS">pic.twitter.com/lTj5zDjvgS</a></p>— eNCA (@eNCA) <a href="https://twitter.com/eNCA/status/898176424447799296">August 17, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>