Earlier this week we had brought you a report that a court in Johannesburg had ruled that Mrs. Grace Mugabe be arrested following an assault on a South African model in 2017. We also told how the Zimbabwean authorities were disappointed at the way their South African counterparts had treated the issue. According to them, the issue was thought to have been forgotten.
Right now it looks like only the Zimbabwean authorities had forgotten the issue because a South African source working with the police has said the country is working with the Interpol on the issue. The source said as soon as the court had ruled in favor of Miss Gabriella Engels, the South African authorities began working with the Interpol to effect the arrest warrant issued by the court.
It will be remembered that at the time of the incident, Mrs. Mugabe was still the first lady of Zimbabwe and so the South African authorities had let her off citing diplomatic immunity. The model had however continued pressing in court till the warrant for her arrest was issued last week. Mrs. Mugabe had been seen as the most likely candidate to succeed her husband, Robert Mugabe, before the coup that ousted him in November, 2017.
The said incident occurred in a hotel in the Sandton district of Johannesburg. Mrs. Mugabe has however denied attacking the model saying it was in self-defense as the model came at her with a knife first. According to her, the model who had come to visit on her sons at the hotel was intoxicated at the time of the occurrence.
Afriforum, a South African advocacy group representing Miss Engels, has said Mrs. Mugabe’s statement was a far cry from the truth. It will be noted that since the coup that dethroned Robert Mugabe last year his wife has been away from limelight.