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Grace Mugabe says model attacked her with knife

By Ed Cropley | Reuters |

Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, has denied assaulting South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cable in a Johannesburg hotel suite last month, saying an “intoxicated and unhinged” Engels attacked her with a knife.

Gabriella Engels claimed on Monday that she was assaulted by Grace Mugabe following an altercation at a Sandton hotel at about 9pm on Sunday night.
Gabriella Engels claimed on Monday that she was assaulted by Grace Mugabe following an altercation at a Sandton hotel at about 9pm on Sunday night.

In a previously unreported Aug. 17 deposition seen exclusively by Reuters, Mugabe countered 20-year-old Engels’ version, portraying herself as the victim after intervening on behalf of her adult sons Chatunga and Robert Junior who were “in trouble with a drunken young woman”.

The statement said Grace Mugabe, 52 and a contender to replace her 93-year-old husband as Zimbabwe’s president, was thinking about filing attempted murder charges.

A group representing Engels dismissed the allegations as lies. According to the model, an irate Mugabe burst into the room where she was waiting with two friends to meet Chatunga on Aug. 13 and started laying into her with an electric cable. 

In her deposition, Mugabe dismissed Engels’ version as “malicious allegations” and said she had been attacked after going to help her sons.

“She was worried about them and went to see them at their hotel suite,” the statement said. “Upon her arrival, Ms Engels, who was intoxicated and unhinged, attacked Dr. Grace Mugabe with a knife after she was asked to leave the hotel.”

“Security was left with no other option but to remove Ms Engels from the hotel suite,” it continued.

The statement also alleged that Engels had been in a fight with other women at Johannesburg’s Taboo nightclub the previous evening and suggested that may have been the cause of her injuries.

Afriforum, an Afrikaans civil society group acting on behalf of Engels, denied both accusations.

“Gabriella never attacked Grace Mugabe in any way and she did not participate in the fight at Taboo,” Afriforum said.

“It is clear that Grace Mugabe is desperately trying to escape responsibility for her own violent behaviour by using lies to falsely portray the victim in this case as the perpetrator.”

South Africa granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity, allowing her to evade immediate prosecution for assault, although Engels and Afriforum have challenged that decision, saying Mugabe was not in South Africa on official business.

They also argued that assault was a “grave crime” that was not covered by diplomatic immunity laws.

The decision to let Grace Mugabe return home caused a row in South Africa, with the opposition Democratic Alliance also going to court to overturn the immunity.

“EMBARRASSMENT”

According to Zimbabwean intelligence files seen by Reuters, Robert Mugabe lobbied his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, to have the issue “solved amicably” and out of court but was stymied by Engels’ refusal to accept a settlement.

“He is trying to avoid the embarrassment of his wife appearing before the court,” one file, dated Aug. 30, reads.

“The problem he is facing is that the woman who was assaulted is refusing to accept any money and she just wants justice to be delivered upon Grace.”

Afriforum lawyer Gerrie Nel – best known for prosecuting South African track star Oscar Pistorius over the shooting of his girlfriend – said last month Engels had been approached with a cash offer but had turned it down.

The intelligence report is a part of a series of hundreds of files dating back to 2009 that have come from within Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). Reuters has not been able to establish their original author or final audience.

The Aug. 30 report said Mugabe was “changing his attitude” to the case and was now backing Grace while accusing Engels of impropriety.

“Mugabe wants people to stop castigating his wife and calling her all sorts of names,” it said. “Mugabe is saying that his wife acted in an angry mood like all other women who find their children being involved with sleeping with whores.”

Afriforum chief executive Kallie Kriel said this allegation was an “absolute lie” and part of a deliberate attempt by Harare to undermine Engels’ credibility as a witness.

A spokesman for Zimbabwe’s presidency, which has direct oversight of the CIO, was not immediately available for comment. Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa did not respond to a request for comment.

Zuma has denied any hand in the affair, telling parliament on Aug. 31: “I am not a lawyer. I don’t know the point of law and I was not involved in this process. How it was done, I would be lying if I speculate.” His spokesman declined to elaborate. 

  • Hahaha, how does she get attacked with the body guards tht ar alwaiz arnd her. I wonder!

  • Ichokwadi ichocho

  • Mai inopenga iyi kokungonyarara how was she attacked in front of her 10 bodyguards

  • kunyepa shit.stupid #stop it

  • Zvinoswodesa kunyepa munhu mukuru mai venyika kwaaaass

  • Yhooooo

  • “i found my kids in any uncompromising and i really lost it.i hereby apologise and take responsibility to the damage i have caused.i apologise to abigal,the hotel staff and south africa at large.either this or forever keep your mouth shut.

  • Damage control grace is violent

  • Mark of the beasts

  • Border Gezi Alumnus

    Vexatious little whore.

  • Find better news

  • Ndezvako izvo nemhuri yako

  • Mai ndimai chero mukatukirira sei hamugoni kutora mai hwavo

  • Engels got the knife from Chatunga.

  • Our beloved Zimbabwe is ruled by demoniacs.

  • Thats what your daft lawyers are ill advising you.Not even a scratch on your body & you claim Gabrielle had a knife.Not even the worst fool will belive such a bull & cock story.

  • Bald young woman, raising a knife against a n old lady who has 15 bodyguards. Please that’s impossible

    • Are you saying 15 Bodyguards were watching iye achirova Munhu be electrical rope . Seek and tired of these fabrication stories

  • razor blade

    Matibili’s wife disGrace is as shameless as the terror goblin husband Robert Matibili. They really do suit each other. Tsvina dzevanhu!!

  • Cruella Grace Mugabe I suggest you apologize to the young beautiful girl that you wounded a few weeks ago while on a rampage in South Africa. I hope you will stop hiding behind Robert Mugabe like a little girl and act like a woman.

  • Shocking….at tha very least.

  • They are used to kies.that how they rule the country.no wonder why she was quite all along,vanga vachibika manyepo

  • Grace u are nt God One day zvichakuperera. Mazvinyanya mufunge.Wen God retaliates u will see fire Mira uone

  • who can pull a knife for no reason mai iyi ndi madinda pachake

  • Maihweeeeeeee this is funny with all the security details in the hotel mind you this is a posh hotel

  • Zvinonyadzisa

  • This is the world of God, no need to fabricate lies it will not take you anywhere.

  • So bodyguards tel us wag hapnd cos u saw it all

  • mmmmn its a pity kuna amai kuattackwa its not easy ,Amai remain resilient there are golddiggers out there who are jealous of ur achievements

  • She’s a fool His she also on drugs or something

  • Mwenevazvo kkkkkkkkkk

  • dont u hv other stories Nehanda Radio nxaaa the real Nehanda wont like this

  • Why didnt she say that in the court in SA

  • Mukanya

    The culprit is well known to all peace loving Zimbabweans, so these denials and counter-denials are meaningless!! BENZI REDU TINORIZIVA!!!!!

  • Vhomoto

    Grace Zodwa waBantu Mugabe

  • But is it true ??

  • Grace Mugabe during your trip to South Africa you were accompanied by 10 body guards. All armed to the teeth. Are you saying that in the presence of your 10 armed body guards, Gabriella the South African Model attacked you with an electric cable and a knife? You are a complete disgrace and a pathological liar. Based on your past actions, If there was a merit to your version of what actually transpired that day the entire members of your security detail would have been terminated and reported by the uncensored South African Press. That would have been the largest security breach in the history of Zimbabwe. This is just a desperate attempt by your power hungry, bloated head to manufacture evidence that will justify your misguided action. When your husband fell at the airport a few years ago his entire security detail was fired. Think of a better lie you dimwit.

  • Grace Mugabe during your trip to South Africa you were accompanied by 10 body guards. All armed to the teeth. Are you saying that in the presence of your 10 armed body guards, Gabriella the South African Model attacked you with an electric cable and a knife? You are a complete disgrace and a pathological liar. Based on your past actions, If there was a merit to your version of what actually transpired that day the entire members of your security detail would have been terminated and reported by the uncensored South African Press. That would have been the largest security breach in the history of Zimbabwe. This is just a desperate attempt by your power hungry, bloated head to manufacture evidence that will justify your misguided action. When your husband fell at the airport a few years ago his entire security detail was fired. Think of a better lie you dimwit.

  • Moto

    Scary thought. Imagine if this woman was really your mother….

  • Tsvarakadenga kkkkk angaapinda muupfu

  • Tsvarakadenga kkkkk angaapinda muupfu

  • This woman should stop this lying nonsense.She was given the opportunity to explain her side of the story in a court of law but instead decided to hide until her husband rescued her

  • Bitch please

  • She is mentally sick she needs some help . What a pathological lier who is she trying to deceive !

  • Even jezebel in her time thought she would stay queening and slaying… Killing the people of God and abusing the nation at large. It only took one man to push her down and that was a Servant of the ALMIGHTY… Saka nhasi dadai amai mugofunnga kuti pamuri hapasvikiriki but I have a prophesy for u madam kana imbwa dzichakusemai zva jezebel zvaivanani nani pane izvi

  • LSL

    “Zimbabwe’s First Family has been slapped with a bill of R780 000 to
    repair a luxury Sandton apartment that had been rented by President
    Robert Mugabe’s two sons, reports said on Friday.” according to a South African newspaper and all this nonsense of Disgrace being attacked is reported

    • LSL

      Read News24Wire South African Newspaper

  • Grace is violent even Bob complained of her conduct

  • Zvanga zvaita sei apo Mapfumo akaimba ‘Wakachana Giresi’?

  • Looking far and beyond

    After all what them satanic people did to Afrika over the years, Afrikans don’t know how to make up a story that makes sense. That little wanna be model that wanted to be caucasian seems to have no body guards, The president of Zimbawbe’s wife are so broke that she could not afford a bodyguard to protect her, I wonder where all the monies from those diamond and gold mines in Zimbabwe went, If the president wife couldn’t afford a body guard, may God help the people of Zimbabwe. Then again, maybe if there were bodyguards, they were hiding the loots!!

  • If that is true, what’s the diplomatic immunity for😂. Ngavachiendaka ku court sezvo vasina mhosva and watch Nel tear them apart

  • Hurricane Grace for sure.

  • Hana yangu yarohwa nehana

  • Good move wy Gabrielle she go report the case @ Gerry Nel

  • Let’s see the scars😟