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South Africa ‘issues Grace Mugabe arrest warrant’

Grace Mugabe could soon be arrested

South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe in relation to an alleged assault on a woman in a hotel in Johannesburg last year.

The South Africa’s police spokesman confirmed an arrest warrant has been issued for Zimbabwe’s former first lady, Reuters news agency reports.

“I can confirm that a warrant for the arrest of Grace Mugabe was issued last Thursday,” said Vishnu Naidoo, a spokesman for South Africa’s police service. He said police were seeking Interpol’s help to enforce the warrant.

Mr Naidoo said the police was seeking Interpol’s help to enforce the warrant, Reuters reports.

The moves comes after a court annulled Mrs Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity in July

Mrs Mugabe was accused of assaulting a young model, Gabriella Engels, in a hotel in South Africa’s main city, Johannesburg, in 2017.

She was allowed to return home after she applied for diplomatic immunity – but in July this year a court annulled a government decision to grant her immunity.

Mrs Mugabe said at the time that she had acted in self-defence after the “intoxicated and unhinged” model attacked her in a hotel room where her two sons lived.

Times Live says the lobby group AfriForum, which has been pursuing the case, made the announcement about the arrest warrant at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

It quotes AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel as saying:

“It seems that justice is going to take place and we are looking forward to this matter going forward.”

The alleged assault took place about three months before the military takeover in Zimbabwe which saw Robert Mugabe resign as president after 37 years in power.

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