Arrest warrant issued for former Zim First lady, Grace Mugabe over SA assault charge

Johannesburg, Dec 19: An arrest warrant has been issued for Grace Mugabe over alleged assault charges of Gabriella Engels. The first lady was charged with assault late last year after she whipped a South African model Gabriella with an electrical cord at a Sandton hotel where her two sons were staying.

In a report by The Citizen it was revealed that late year the Zimabwean former First lady was involved in an incident in which she was accused of whipping a 20-year-old South African model.

The court application is the first important step in a process to have Mugabe prosecuted for her alleged assault of Gabriella Engels, a young Johannesburg model, in August 2017.

“High drama reigned last year when it became known that Engels was allegedly assaulted by Mugabe with an electric cord because [Grace Mugabe] was unhappy with the escapades of her two sons in a luxury hotel in Sandton”, AfriForum legal representative Willie Spies told The Citizen.

In July South African lobby group AfriForum had a victory over a High Court application to review and set aside the government’s decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said, “We can report that the warrant of arrest has been issued for Grace Mugabe”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AfriForum said after a successful High Court Application the matter was referred to police investigation. It has also surfaced that the National Prosecuting Authority has told Engels of it’s decision.

It is unclear at this stage on what steps will taken to ensure Zimbabwean former first lady, Grace will be appearing in court.

By Ziyanda Yono