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South African borders on “red alert” to stop Grace Mugabe fleeing

By Ed Cropley | Reuters |

South African police have put a “red alert” on the country’s borders to prevent any attempted flight by Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a model in a Johannesburg hotel with an electric cable.

Grace Mugabe and her son Chatunga (inset)
Grace Mugabe and her son Chatunga (inset)

Her 93-year-old husband, President Robert Mugabe, is also in South Africa for a regional summit, complicating the diplomatic dilemma confronting Pretoria, which already has a difficult relationship with its troubled northern neighbour.

South Africa is home to an estimated three million Zimbabweans who accuse Mugabe of trashing a promising African democracy but Pretoria has been powerless to prevent Zimbabwe’s economic and political decline over the last two decades.

Grace Mugabe, 52, has asked for diplomatic immunity in the case but has not been charged. Her whereabouts were not known on Thursday although police minister Fikile Mbalula said she remained in the country.

Gabriella Engels claims Grace Mugabe beat her in a hotel room after she found the model in the company of her sons

The alleged victim, 20-year-old Gabriella Engels, has accused Mugabe of barging into a hotel room on Sunday where Engels was waiting to meet one of Mugabe’s sons, and whipping her with an electric extension cable.

Mugabe had been due to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon under a deal struck with authorities but failed to turn up, police said.

On Thursday, Mbalula said a “red alert” had been issued to South African border posts to prevent Grace Mugabe fleeing.

“We had already put tabs on the borders, in relation to her leaving the country, so there’s no question about that,” he said. So far she had made no attempt to flee, he added.

Gabriella Engels sits during a press conference at the AfriForum Offices in Centurion. Picture: Alaister Russell

The South African government has made no official comment on the case and foreign ministry spokesmen have not answered their phones for two days but the issue is causing waves at the highest level.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha told Reuters he was attending a meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the matter but declined to give details.

Police have said Grace will get no special treatment, and Engels’ mother, Debbie, is cranking up the public pressure, including releasing graphic pictures of her daughter’s head injuries that required 14 stitches.

On Thursday, it emerged that she had also enlisted the legal help of Gerrie Nel, the former state prosecutor who secured a murder conviction against track star Oscar Pistorius.

AfriForum's Trauma Unit will provide the necessary support to Miss Engels to process the event
AfriForum’s Trauma Unit will provide the necessary support to Miss Engels to process the event

At a news conference, Nel said the Engels family had been offered cash to drop the case but had turned it down.

“It’s not about money. It’s about justice,” he said.

Nicknamed “The Pitbull” for his combative style in the blockbuster Pistorius trial, he also said detectives had told Engels they were seeking an arrest warrant for Mugabe.

“DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY”

However, a senior police source said Nel was jumping the gun because of Mugabe’s application for diplomatic immunity.

“We are not preparing an arrest warrant yet,” the source said. “Our investigations were completed but before we could take the next step, the suspect applied to invoke diplomatic immunity. We are waiting the outcome before we can move on to the next step.”

Mugabe came to South Africa for medical treatment to an injured foot, almost certainly invalidating her claims to diplomatic immunity, legal experts said.

However, given the potential diplomatic fallout, prosecutors could decide not to pursue the case if they thought the injuries to the alleged victim were not too severe, criminal attorney Riaan Louw said.

Harare has made no official comment and requests for comment from Zimbabwean government officials have gone unanswered.

A lawyer identified to Reuters as Mrs Mugabe’s representative declined to answer any questions. Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Pretoria, Isaac Moyo, did not answer his phone.

Reporting Robert Mugabe’s visit to South Africa, Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, the government’s main mouthpiece, made no mention of the controversy swirling around his wife, which puts Pretoria in a diplomatic bind.

Mugabe is seen by many Africans as the continent’s elder statesman and a hero of its anti-colonial struggles but Nelson Mandela accused him in 2008 of a “tragic failure of leadership” and Mugabe’s relationship with President Jacob Zuma has been testy at times.

For Debbie Engels, the only issue is getting Grace Mugabe to face the law.

“She had an electric cord wrapped around her hand and she started attacking them. She hit my daughter with a plug socket,” Engels told Reuters. “I just want justice for my daughter. It’s not about money. It’s about justice.

  • She will get a ride from husband and they will not stop her.

    • Which husband?😂😂

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  • yu guys are f*cked up, this whole week yu ‘ve been posting this crap over n over again . hakuna dzimwe nyaya here out there?

    • Mwana wa Dr amai iyeye kkk

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    • You can say that again. Now becoming boring.

    • Everyday amai fleeing

    • You are not forced to read!

    • Ingorega kuverenga or have your own media house.Case ya Oscar Pistorius went for 2 months tichiiverenga everyday,what more of a State First Lady

    • This is an interesting case and we want to keep updated

    • Tirikuda iyoyi..

    • Aaaah zvaakutosvota izvi. Apo manyepo futhi kusanyara maZimbo aahh tiitireiwo mushe apa ahh!!

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    • Hakusi kumanzou farm kwaanoputsira +100 families dzimba for her zebras and get away with it. If you want sugar coated news just read herald, you will read the same story the other way round zvaunoda chaizvo. Do you want an ice cream Lewis Jay Foya

    • This Nyaya is of much importance to us and its very interesting Zveshuwa! If it can carry on up to next Year! #Lewis

    • It’s because the criminal is a first Lady of a country and she blames other people but not her children who are all adults.

  • As if she’s armed with Guns, what so special about this case? Men do many things (much more dangerous) everyday, but if a woman makes one single mistake all eyes on her. South Africa Police you’re shifting concentration from real South African criminals, putting focus on a Grace who is in possession of a mere extension cable.

    • Kkkk tipeiwo definition yaharmless vakuru. Grace akatokuvadza munhu imi moti she is harmless

    • She is not just an ordinary lady you fool,thats what special about the case.She is a First Lady who should lead by example

    • Wat a stupid coment yerr

    • Tynus Adonia Hugos, fools know each other very well. She’s not an ordinary lady, so you and your scoundrels are majoring the First lady’s profile or the case?

    • Tynus Adonia Hugos there is a decorum expected of a First Lady. In this case, she failed dismally. Her anger management challenges led her into this.

    • Kelvin, are u saying that assault is a trivial and must not be handled? A person of her status and power even if she pointed a finger, her status aggravates all. That fist lady beat some1 in her foreign land with her body guards making sure she faces no resistance. The woman never beat her boys. The assault permanently rules out the girl from her modelling career coz of the deep cut on her face. You seem to be a green bomber who has comitted all sorts of crimes wtht being charged

    • EnCik my comment is based on the police’s red lights tag, how can she escape justice, as prominent as she is? After all she handed herself to the police.

      • Mina Makoti

        Every crime is a social and cultural mistake. Kelvin nyarara kana usina zvekutaura, wazwa!
        Do not display your foolishness here. We have more important issues to discuss and address on this forum.

    • Kelvin she has not yet handed herself hence the red flag

    • This lunatic sounds more stupid. So you dont know that her body guards are armed so she have got the guns…and she never handed herself to police.

    • Mistake zvorevei

    • Is that a simple mistake une mwana here iwe?

    • That’s a lie from a minister Grace never handed herself to the police. Even South Africans want that Mbalula to answer for deceiving his nation

    • Hakuna mistake inoitwa intentionally Mirie. Grace undermined South African law, if justice is going to be served she is going to be charged with attempted murder and she will pay damages on ruining that girls career

    • I actually don’t know what’s worse… what Grace did or the defence that her lickers are putting up…or that I am actually reading and commenting to this😭

    • Tina Garwe makanyanya imi hahahahahaha kutoshinga kunyora paSocial platform kuti attempted murder…. Kana musingazivi law nyararai zvenyu…

    • Some people are thinking of taking chances and use this case as a political weapon ahead of the polls period, what if it was murder?

    • Mayb its bcoz u not yet a parent kelvin kagondo…thats why u address ths mttr as a single mistake

    • Qaka Moyo what Grace did was wrong, but Zimbabweans are leading the roast in larmenting for her prosecution, some are even labelling the crime attempted murder, ma South Africans varidzi vemwana akarohwa vakanyarara. I am a parent, if my daughter acts the way she did (having a sexual threesome) i will beat her worse.

  • Amai did the right thing,these boys are raving lunatics,info iscsaying they where involved in threesome,that Young lady is a nothing but attention seeker and a pathetic golddigger,neverthless,mayyou focus on pressing issues we must EVOLVE with technology,building Zimbabwe back,and not to be JEALOUSY and bitter,even if you bark Amai did what any mother was to do depending with response from her daughter in law,period

    • Any mother can assault zvekuda kuuraya, munopenga baba imi

    • Anyway Amai kana mwana wavo ukuzviitira manyoka wano mugeza wega,mapenzi ano ziwana Mr Lacoste

    • Vaifanirwa kurivavavo hapanazvakaita nekuti vanavavo vacharambavachita sakavachapedza nyikayose vachirova vanhu

    • ini ndinoti ndimwari .coz we hv suffered so much under the hands of Mugabe’s its time they face the music

    • Some cases we must use logic,Leave God alone,that’s why congregants are victims of circucumstances under the guise of God complex

    • Mwana wa Dr Amai a good mother discipline her own children. Its being very stupid to try to discipline someone’s child when you failed to do that on yours. Even you haurove mwana wako ne extension cord iwe

    • Mr Lacoste hapana zvamuno waita wanonzi Amai Stop It,wandengendesa pasi rese,hamuna zvamuno waita chero muka hukura zvinengeyi

    • Munopenga baba imi pasi rese ripi, ZANU PF harisi pasi rese. maona kuti mataura zviri invalid ka. Munovhaira neabuse of power.

    • Hino varipi izvezvi. Mukuru wakatosimuka two days earlier kundozama kundotimudza moto.

    • zimbabwe haife yakanaka kana pane vanhu vari kurumbidza zvakaipa kunge zvamukuita izvi abuse is abuse no1 is above the law

    • Hhhh people what you expect to happen it’s wasting Time, Zimbabwe Intelligence is too Advanced, it will be a failure to let the First Lady to be locked / let her for hearing the Case ye Chihure che Vana,Boys are tough to manage esp from the Royal like these 2 who looks like twin Brothers, The respectively way out is to compensate that Model and apologise to the SAfrican & the World as whole # Her Forgiveness should be welcome no matter what than to chase a Hare without Dogs on open space ( my View)

    • Zeroo akadii kurova vana vake?

    • aifanirwa kurova vana boyz ava kwete musikana

    • In mzansi mwana haangorohwa…nyange aida kutaridza amuhure gd size but it dsnt work that way in SA

    • vana havaroverwe kunext door kana pane vanhu kana muroad unopinda mumba wokiya door .ukawarowera panext door zvoreva kushaya respect nevaridzi vepamusha ipapo

    • Zvoratidza kutihavana kurairwa kubvavarivadiki varikuratidza hunhu hwekumba kwavo

    • Bridget Linz so true

    • nonsense is my favourite word.

    • dzidzawo kunyara

    • Bright you seem to be very happy when your mother is doing high jump without knikkers exposing her undergarments, anyway SA doesn’t care who she is, she is going to face the humiliation. If you are one of the bootlickers watch out, she is serving ice cream to your types.

    • Akadii kukuvadza wake mwana nyaya iyi dai isina kusvika kwese uku munhu anongoda kutonga munhu wese chete kunana singapore kwaairova vanhu vaive mu hotel room nevana vake here ?????

    • Bright these boys were not forced to fuck or do what they have been doing with our state money,they did it because they are not harnessed donkeys .Your defence to the act is indeed stupid and headless.The law will take it’s course and her name is now rotten and that makes a Zimbabwean nation rotten too.

    • Bright Itayi Mazikana You have confirmed what I have been thinking about all along you seem to be a bootlicker.

    • It makes sense why she acted like that- she has people like you vanomupembedza.. munhu ngaarove 9 months dzake, unoziva kuti akabuda nepai paakazvarwa kwete wemumwe

    • People, have you ever thought why these young men are always away from home. They, re reported to have ran away from mom. Probably they knew the kind of reprimand. Violence.

  • Nonsense

  • she must locked in jail.

  • Mrs Mugabe must fall tholukuthi hey nothing will happen to her.

  • she must be made to taste her own medicine

  • Ko nhai Makandiwa zvaunoti wakaporofita zve poison kuna Munangagwa. Ko izvi zvazoitwa na Mama hauna kuzviona pa mweya here

  • pakaipa!! mai vapindana nacho.. Vadzidza tho..😃

  • Tholukuthi ngamanga

  • Arrest Dr Amai

  • An extraction team,3 boys from kabrit and 2 commandoes can get her out without detection……she is still there because she wants to be there period.

  • JOURNALISTS YOU ARE MORE THAN 100% BIASED , YOU REPORT 20 DIFFERENT THINGS ON 1 STORY IN 1 DAY

    #NO_TO_FALSE_NEWS

  • Batai munhu Saps.

  • Whats the fuss all about its only assault and even if she goes to court she(disgrace) will only be fined

    • the girl wil need compernsation thru her lawyers which is obviously a lot of money since she was earning thru modeling

    • So if it is that easy why is she trying to avoid going to court and pay that fine?

    • Maybe you guys got a point so perhaps they want disgrace to raise her offer.in that case she will never suffer coz none of her money will be used to pay for that,only taxpayers money

    • What does your “only assault” mean nhai?

    • it means she ddnt commit a crime thats gonna put her behind bars

  • NYAYA Yakubhowa iyj

  • Red alert to someone who is not on the run,,whom you know where she is,,why can’t you just go and arrest her double standard police thats why you are failing to curb escalating crime in your country to the extend of accusing hardworking foreigners

  • kanyaya aka kakubhowa

  • Vari kubhowekana nenyaya iyi mafoswa kuverenga?Asi muri vekuMasvingo?

  • Nhai veduwee saka haachafamba zve

  • do you still remember jambanja pahotera by Sibanda Marko

  • George Charamba , mai vako vokonzeresa kkkk

  • Some reports say she is already in the country

  • Chocho

  • Stop It kkk

  • Makakakwapaidza,hamuna kukapa nguva yekubatanidza.buhahahaha conquering mother yerudzi rwechiZimboo…Hamuiteee

  • There is no case here yet what if amai was defending herself what if they were fighting also if it was me would have done worse bringing drugs to my kids you would see fire

  • Watamba namaisva this time!
    Wajaira nhema!
    Uchachiona rino gore.!

  • Batai munhu

  • In the news headlines for the wrong reasons.

  • Paps this is diplomatic world that it will never happen

  • SANDO DZENYU KUNYANYA MOMS

  • gooooood thing they must arrest him soon

  • Zvikomana ngazvidzoke kuno tiite muonera pamwe ma dhende Ababa vako eZANU pf

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    • Mina Makoti

      Zvineyi nezviri kutaurwa pano. Enda kwa dhokota wako. Vanomuda vachazoteera. Kutisembura

  • Old news

  • Mina Makoti

    Diplomatic immunity zvinoreva gororo rasunhurwa, kwete kuti harina mhosva, asi kuti raponeswawo ngemitemo yakaiswa ngemamwe magororo to protect each other from prosecution.

  • Grace Mugabe what is your understanding of the word First Lady? The last I read you were evicting people from a village to add more land to your farm land. According to reports some families were dragged out of their homes by the police on your orders. Now you are crossing over into South Africa to attack a model. Apparently you consider yourself to be a supreme human being because you are married to the president of Zimbabwe. Grace are you detached from reality?

  • This is tge same woman who chased 300 families from a farm and where left homeless.
    This is the same woman who forced people not to use Mazowe dam koz she annexed it for her personal use.
    This is the same woman who is so greedy and power hungry that she has led to the downfall of Zimbabwe. ..

    Then now she is facing wat she deserves nd u feel sorry!
    Even her own kids rebel against her koz she failed as a mother…
    She must be sentenced to at least 5yrs in jail.
    Mwana washe muranda kumwe

  • Zvakubhowa