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Grace Mugabe tries to buy off bashed model

Lawyers for the young model who claims she was assaulted by Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe in a Johannesb­urg hotel said yesterday her family had been approached­ with an offer of money to drop the allegation.

Gab­riel­la Engels
Gab­riel­la Engels

South African police issued a “red alert” to prevent Mugabe from leaving the country after Zimbabwe’s regime requested diplomatic immunity.

Lawyers for 20-year-old Gab­riel­la Engels threatened to go to court if the South Africas government grants Mugabe immunity, saying it cannot be used to “escape prosecution from grave crimes”.

The lawyers said that Engels’s family had been approached with an offer of “financial compensation” by a third party, which she refused.

“They made an offer and said: ‘Let us talk, this will go away.’ There was no amount mentioned,” said Gerrie Nel, a former prosecutor who secured the ­murder conviction of Olympian Oscar Pistorius.

In a letter sent on Thursday to the South African government, Willie Spies, another lawyer involved­ in the case, said the offer was made on Tuesday and suggested that Engels should “come up with a figure so that parties could meet in order to settle the matter quietly”.

The scandal has become a diplomatic mess for South Africa’s government and Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President, Robert Mug­abe, who arrived in South Africa’s capital on Thursday apparently to deal with the crisis.

He came early for a regional summit of southern African nations this weekend.

South African Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said all borders had been notified to prevent Muga­be from leaving the country before her matter is resolved, the African News Agency reported.

“The red alert has been put,” Mr Mbalula said.

South African authorities are debating whether to grant the 52-year-old diplomatic immunity.

Engels has registered a case with police accusing Mugabe of attacking her with an extension cord in a luxury hotel in a Johannesburg suburb late on Sunday.

Engels said she was in a hotel room with mutual friends of ­Mugabe’s two sons, who live in ­Johannesburg, when the first lady burst in and assaulted her.

Photos of Engels posted on social­ media show a bloody gash to her forehead that she claimed was a result of the encounter.

Police said they have completed their investigation into the case and are waiting for direction from South Africa’s government on the status of Mugabe’s immunity request­.

The question of immunity is “totally out of our jurisdiction,” said police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo. Until there is a decision on the immunity application, Brigadier Naidoo said, “the whole investigation is in abeyance”.

Engels has been offered legal help by Mr Nel, who now works as a private prosecutor for Afri­Forum, an organisation that prim­arily represents the rights of South Africa’s white Afrikaner minority.

If Engels’s case goes to court and Mugabe is convicted, a jail sentence could be possible, Mr Nel said.

Engels attended a news conference yesterday in Centurion, a bandage still on her forehead, but did not comment.

Her mother, Debbie Engels, thanked AfriForum for offering to help.

“Now I know this woman is not going to get off scot-free for what she did to my child,” she said.

It is unclear whether Mugabe entered South Africa with a ­personal or diplomatic passport. Zimbabwe’s state-owned Herald reported last weekend that she was in South Africa seeking medical care.

The debate over whether ­Mugabe should be granted ­immunity quickly took on a polit­ic­al dimension in South Africa, with the opposition Democratic Alliance calling on President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet to ensure the first lady is brought to justice.

“Ms Mugabe should have applied­ for diplomatic immunity before she came to our country, not after she finds herself facing criminal charges,” said Zakhele Mbhele, a Democratic Alliance MP.

He said the Police Minister “needs to do his job and ensure she is arrested and has her day in court to answer the serious charges against her”. Associated Press

  • Tora mari United

  • Ukaregereyi kutora mari uribenzi kkkkk

  • Its over now”Grace a free woman “”

    • Says whoo.

    • Ngiqinisile she wiĺl b in Zim soon””Police told to stop investigations.

    • She was suppose to take money now she can lose that money

    • Stupid girl”””

    • Money is not the answer to everything. She never needed Graces money. Money does not make what happened better.

    • Yes you correct #Tsitsi but we all knew her case was going nowher”

    • yes tsitsi but she.must be.compensated God will judge.Grace she must take the money

    • Droping charges,is money every wher in the world”””if you want me drop”then pay:::::lol

    • Mari aida anti akaenda kuhoyetera kunotsvaga mari i think i type iya ye ma models vano haiwa for sex chete coz connection nana chatunga akaiwanepi akutofurirwa ne vanhu venehondo dzavo na bob she should get the money and go coz very soon grace will go and 3 weeks nyaya inenge yapera kana ikozvinho pa cnn and bbc vakutotaura zve ma bombing eku spain zva grace hapachina soon in SA the will be bigger stories and that case will be dead

    • The girl didn’t even know the boys well kuyacaca she was hired for something vele”so imali yimali,think she was there for money,but at the end of the day she rejects the money””haaaa akacabangi.

    • If you get hooked in hotels for money it means money is everything.

    • Ncekuyethu Mthie Mthimkhulu she is not stupid coz she has legal advice her lawyers a calling the shots

    • It’s not just lawyers.its top dog lawayers international recognized lawyers

    • Nizongibuza one day lentombazane ngeke ithole lutho and Grace will never go to jail””at least kube uthathe imali.

  • Pasi nechioko muhomwe. South Africa yakaoma no one is above the law, ramba wakaomesa gotsi chimhandara sungisa vanhu iwee.

    • unoiziva SA yaukuti yakaoma mutemo upi iwe nxaaa fokofo

      • SAPS

        ‘Give me money for cool drink’ you Zimbabwian

    • SAPS

      Gabrielle Engels, fire that Afri whatever group. They are after there for their own glamour and politics.
      Get a good lawyer to collect money for your pain and suffering. Demand plastic surgery in a top notch hospital for the injury. Grace has the chequebook. There is no justice on earth. Don’t waste time or be a martyr for Zimbabweans.
      Be practical. Assault carry light penalties and there is no financial compensation for you……so you see now. Financial compensation makers sense instead of endless court appearances. Even if Grace Mugabe is found guilty so what? You remain with medical bills, scars etc

  • dako rako grace

  • Take cash 💰 girl

    • Ndokunge iripo. That will be used for evening part with Zuma. She is getting a President’s wife welcome .

  • She is bribing using taxpayer’s money. Where does Grace work?

  • She’s a fool if she refuses the money ‘coz Grace ain’t going to court, Zuma will make sure of that.

    • shes not a fool even Grace granted immunity the gal gonna sue Grace so either way shez gonna get the money

    • You are so confused in your head… How can one ue a diplomat kana apihwa diplomatic immunity …kana musina zvamoziva nyararai… Kairuza nekuda justice … Grace will go freely if the international relations gonna grant her the diplomatic immunity… Even if she is gonna go to court the fine will only benefit the state..

    • You are so confused in your head… How can one ue a diplomat kana apihwa diplomatic immunity …kana musina zvamoziva nyararai… Kairuza nekuda justice … Grace will go freely if the international relations gonna grant her the diplomatic immunity… Even if she is gonna go to court the fine will only benefit the state..

    • Collen Ceeman Mugovera I can’t make sense of your bullshit.

    • Follow the story from the beginning, that stupid girl/ model/ prostitute or whatever wants US$700 000, this was her idea of justice, so let’s see if she’ll get it now

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    • Collen Ceeman Mugovera never read rubbish in my life ..Any president can be given immunity but doesn’t mean they cant be sued.bill Clinton wasn’t persecuted in court about Monica but he was sued n he paid ..she said shes a model so grace has to pay her lose of earnings etc..

    • all the best lawyers in SA are willing to give their services for free kuti DR Amai vasungwe..mari haina basa coz kurohwa kwaakaitwa itori mari pachezvayo

    • they are fucked even she run away that girl will sue her and if the courts decided she has to be paid damages the Mugabes has properties in SA they will just attach the properties to get the money so either way its in Grace interest to cooperate ..this is not zim where they get away with murder

    • Raz Ras Tawaz Kambarami you’re right on point, but look at the fact that iye arikuda $ 700 00, so mari ine basa kwaari, besides looking at Southern African politics do you think the best looking lawyers in South Africa can arrest the wife of the SADC chief,

    • Nyasha Noah Katewe y rush to get 700 000 when you can have more?

    • Tinashe Gwasira kana Zuma abvuma iye zvinhu varimumafaro, President is there .

    • Tinashe Gwasira I agree, but remember the same justice system failed to arrest Al Bashir who was wanted by the ICC for even a more heinous crimes.

    • Nyasha Noah Katewe nyaya dzakadai hadzisi dzekumhanyira kutora bag shoma when u can get more

    • Grace Ruredzo Zuma can let grace go but the courts will still get her …she gonna pay theres now way on earth Grace gonna get away with this either way that girl she gonna get paid big money ..cant see grace going to jail

    • Ras Tawaz Kambarami, it’s true but do you think ma court avasahwira will punish a fellow comrade’s wife? So out of court might have been the best.

    • Tinashe Gwasira she is a paid fool , getting those scars on her face forever . White Maroons did this with their ego to hate President. It will not succeed , his name is Gabriel from Bible , mbuya Bona talks to God to protect her grandchildren .

    • Tinashe Gwasira it’s true, but you have to realise kuti though the executive in South Africa has little influence over the judiciary as compared to here, you still can’t guarantee the independence of the courts and their decisions, world over presidents have invisible influence over the courts

    • Nyasha Noah Katewe wangu nyaya iyi everyone is intrested vakaita zvema funnies it will spark a political unrest ne masasco, pane nyaya apo

    • Grace Ruredzo thats the problem with us Zimbabweans we so stupid..what does this has to do with mugabe or our president?His whore went to a neighbouring country and start being violent thats not acceptable lets not support such behaviour .she need to lead by example and teach her own kids manners

    • Tinashe Gwasira sue her were when she has been granted diplomatic immunity in SA over the case that means no court can try the case.

    • All the people who are saying about taking money .you are demons throughout your family . Remember this lady is fighting with the devil

    • All the people who are saying about taking money .you are demons throughout your family . Remember this lady is fighting with the devil

    • Mutihwana Innocent , bad comments are like genitals, keep them to yourself don’t share with others except your wife

    • Zuma has been in and out of courts why do u think Grace is so special

    • “Zuma has been in and out of courts” but Gezanah Tsikayi Fungayi tell me if he’s adhered to any of the rulings against him. He’s still free even after the loud rape charges against him.

  • apa imari yenyika yedu ikubejwa nayo soo

  • Ndonzw vanhu vakawanda vachingoti SA yakaoma, hee hee in SA no one is above the law. SA ipi iyoyo. Nyaya dzinorova vanhu vakatarisa muSA

  • Murombo haarove chinenguwo chokwadi,apa akanga ati abata mhene achiti anozobhadharwa after service chobva chabvondoka asati abhadharwa kwaakutobuda muhotera achitiza.Opiwa open cheque ofurirwa nemapoliticians kuti ramba apa Amai vacho vobva vazorwa imunity havachabatika aamagetsi.

  • Take the money gal

  • Nyaya iyi yakusvota mhani ..

  • Thts nothing serious she was displined they killed hw many Zimbabweans including kids burning thm alive fo no reason n nw ure complaining over one person u think theyre special thn zimbabweans they killed on the xenophobia attacks

  • Take the money girl and drop the case..you will be a richer woman..Real justice is non existent in Africa. Grace would never face jail time.

  • she hs bn granted diplomatic immunity saka mari achairota akafurirwa angadai akapinda machena manje kutemura chete

  • An empty cheque

  • Do not accept that money they will take you a video receiving that money for bribe

  • That wound will leave a mark that won’t make her beautiful any more.

    • she can take the money and do plastic surgery

    • She will get her plastic surgery from her agents who told to craft her story . Your sweetie maroons used you .

  • Vakapusa kuramba mari shuwa… ko handiti kanga kaenda kunohura here… saka kakuramba bag futi…. bharanzi

    • Dai katora mari. Kacharohwa futi kuti kaibvume. Kkkk

    • Remember she’s not a begger like you she has the money already

    • Saka kayitsvageyi kuvana vadiki…. kanjapisi ako…. ngakatore mari katibvire apo

    • Aah Benias Ncube that person might not be a begger but that money would help her a long way. She has never had that amount in her possession so she should have taken the chance. I guess she is getting influenced by some pple. Its politics, anything is possible but on her own senses i think she would take it. She isn’t a begger but she sells drugs. How many twists of mbanje or whatever she sells would she sell to get the amount on offer as her profit. She is dull, very dull. Isu hatisi ma beggars wo futi tine ‘bag’, kkkkk

    • Plus hatitengese mu “butcher” sezvaanoita 😂😂😂😂

    • South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday. So Gabriella what do u benefit now???

  • They should use that as an evidence that she is admitting guilt .

  • They already refused the offer just relax now the case is in the hands of big guys and the law.

  • Good girl ramba kuvharwa muromo hauna kukura uchichengetwa nevhara muromo stand up for justice Gabby munhu angatoramba achienderera kuramba achikuvadza vanhu thinking she is untouchable..yes nyaya ichapera zvayo asi anenge ambonzwawo butter chete

  • we need to chill this gal gonna get paid either grace goes to court or not..shes going to sue her so she will pay..Grace only want to settle this out of court and asap

    • Gwasira you so emotional about having Grace sued just take away the emotions and look at what it means to get diplomatic immunity. Check definition of immunity. Then remember this is Zumaland you are expecting to get justice. No it’s not going to happen. Iyi yatopera iyi. Let’s focus on the main thing how we can change the government in Harare come 2018 elections.

    • Tibvire apa do u even know the meaning of emotions ? Am allowed to say what I think same way you did..whst makes you correct? Why she offering big sums of money then if it’s zumaland sure she can just go without giving her a penny ..she gonna pay u just blind n stupid to think yapera

    • Kkkkkkkk haaaaa yaaaa handei tione

  • iwetora mari zvako

  • Ndonyaya yatirikuda kuzva iyoyo pamberi nayo

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  • Sungai kamai ako kuda tingafurwa nemhepo kkkkkkk

  • She had her modelling career electrified with the grace of Mma Mugabe. Now she’s famous the world over but instead of electrifying the world stage with her catwalk she opts for a showdown with a Goliath.

    • captainkangaroo

      Do not confuse Goliath with Jezebel, read your bible again.

  • Even if she needed money nobody has a right to take that as an advantage.

  • It is a big time and opportunity for MDC to use this chance while disGrace being clamped in South Africa.

    • The zimbabwe Judas will not do anything . Chimhoi comrades who died for the country will never allow that .

    • Nonsense

  • munhu wese ari pano Imhata…..kkkkkk

  • Pardon hawuna kubuda nepamhata here?

  • just get the money,you are fighting a losing battle…

  • Shz idiot

  • Facebook high court has got too many judges

  • Amana, this issue Requires at Least an “B” In O level Mathematics, And Lil bit of Understanding on Current Affairs, Law and Politics…………. And In my understanding, that “GIRL” is Not thinking Straight. She shuld Have Asked for Apology And ” FINANCIAL COMPENSATION”……..BUT is Now being Used As” BAIT” by Apartheid Agents, and former Whites who lost their Land in Zim………… I advice Her To get Compensation and just Forgive the First Lady,

  • spb007

    Come on get the title right !

    Grace tries to buy off bashed model with Zimbabwean taxpayers cash more like

  • Iye aiteyi nevana veumwe munhu? Grace aiprotector vana vake kuti vangadirwa zvirwere nemahure arimu S.A.

  • Chasara muchanzwA kuti ashaikwa

  • Since wen dd attempts for an “out of court settlement” begin to be termed “bribery.”

  • You should’ve never been offered that money in the first place. That’s our money us the Zimbabwean people. We are working hard for it and surely such huge amount of money can do a lot to our future and definitely not being splashed on hookers.

  • Imbotongai makadaro

  • take th money u fuvken idiot🤣😂😅😆😁😜😝😛

  • Samouri Touré of the Mandinka Empire

  • Stupid girl she should hv taken the money…bt this scandal is the fr her career she’s marketing herself, clever girl…

  • kkkkkkk ma 1 zvagrace

  • She is a thief can’t you see? Omg even lawyers are there to know money is there.rubbish people

  • .grace was just giving disprine to his children now this bitch omg I don’t know

  • True girl Mira nechokwadi say no to corruption takuziva sei nyika yedu ichitambura its becoz of these southern countries pamberi naKama

  • True girl Mira nechokwadi say no to corruption takuziva sei nyika yedu ichitambura its becoz of these southern countries pamberi naKama

  • Here Grace did a wrong thing, she was only suppose to teach her boys manners instead of assulting this girl, my question is hw many girls is she going to assult ? Shez dishonouring herself otherwise

  • He who has no sin let him cast the first stone.

  • Get the money and close the case 💰😜

  • Muchati Bhuu

    Nel is clever…. the amount offered will now go up…reaches a peak then the girl will be advised to accept. Eventually she will accept the money…atopinda machena so…Grace has a lot of cash.

  • Kkkkkkkkkkk

  • Hokay vabereki vakangwara avo vakutoramba mari saka chara kungova shandisira political rule vo Dzamara

  • …please don’t be short sighted here. Think deep. How much money are you talking about? Can’t you see there is much more in Gabriella’s memors book called “My Encounters with the Mugabes “, or ” Gabriella & The Shrew” or ” At Sandton with the First Family”. Throw in a documentary or movie. Most of you are just for peasants. There is real dough to be made here.

  • What a fool!!! Just get the money and inbox me!!kk

  • there was massive massacre of zim people in SA with video films of the perpetrators of the violent acts yet not even a single one was arrested or brought before a judge. n now they demand justice. After all only fools would advocate for the arrest of their first lady. I as a person don’t like grace or mugabe I really hate them but their office I respect if we allow other countries to arrest our first ladies now even when Our real president Morgan Tsvangirai comes to power they would do the same cause of law of president. u think anyone can arrest the wife of the American President n they won’t regret it

  • Saka apa aruza zvese ka paimmunity apa kkk

  • The world is watching and they want to take any opportunity to show mugabe that she can be put on line

  • Here’s the catch,Grace bought a R45 million mansion here,so the girl is going to sue if Grace doesn’t pay the mansion will be attached and sold to compensate the girl

  • Get the money and keep mwiii. You won’t win this one. Remember the Albashir incident there are more international relations to keep than nursing your bruises. Welcome to the real world

  • But for me this girl doesn’t look like a model to me butrather a drug peddler. Lets wait and see

  • Kazodumbirwa zvino Viva Dr Amai pasi nepfambi dzese tambo pamunhu

  • Dr Grace makaita basa kudashura fambi iyo

  • Take the money, girl, you can’t win!

  • There was no bribe dear friends lingalaleli amanga,she have to prove it so that amai will have to answer those two cases confused bitch wakanya!

  • Collect money gal coz once u mis the chance you shall remain in poverty running after small boys

  • Dai akatokapisira tyre kambwa ivo wani vaitipisa kakamama

  • nonsense, she is a money digger

  • Its not called buying off its Out of Court Settlement it happens all the time and all big celebs and REAL models get paid the worth . the real truth is she should taken the blank cheque coz the odds aren’t with the super model .

  • Remember we are also immune to prosecution. #Zim1

  • Grace ain’t stupid to enter in a hotel room and start beating her you know very much how coloured pple are they have a big mouth she has been to every country in the world why didn’t she beat everyone she just see in the hotel rooms work up and smell the coffee these gold diggers are after money. When deputy minister minana beat those ladies were was Neil to stand for her the only problem the case of deputy minister involves once race now this one it have different race wake up mzansi

  • She will regret the opportunity nothing will come in a silver platter like that coz she’s going 2 loose both the case and money money talk better than anything else in the world

  • She wants mother to be arrested

  • Waka pusa kuramba bag kkkkk uchafa uri rombe