Grace Mugabe Taken Hostage, As South Africa Issues 'Red Alert' To Stop Her From Leaving Their Soil


Grace Mugabe Taken Hostage, As South Africa Issues 'Red Alert' To Stop Her From Leaving Their Soil
As earlier reported, Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe will not be covered by diplomatic immunity, following allegations that she assaulted South African 20 years old model Gabriella Engels.

Law experts have said Ma Grace was not on a diplomatic trip to South Africa at the time of the incident, and sources from Zimbabwe say she traveled to SA to consult her doctor on a medical follow-up of her foot injury.

Latest reports say Police in South Africa have issued a 'red alert' to stop her, from leaving the country. 

The African News Agency (ANA) reported that South Africa’s Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, had ordered border staff to prevent Ma Grace from leaving until the matter was resolved.

Speaking to reporters in Pretoria today Thursday, Mbalula said: “We have already put tabs in the borders in relation to her leaving the country so there is no question about that. The red alert has been put.”

The move comes after Ma Mugabe,  the wife of the 93-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe – failed to appear in court to face charges of assault. President Robert Mugabe travelled to Pretoria on Wednesday night in an apparent attempt to help his wife, arriving early for a summit of regional leaders.
Grace Mugabe, 52, is accused of attacking 20-year-old Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cord after the model went to see the Mugabes’ sons Robert and Chatunga at the Capital 20 West hotel in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton district on Sunday.
On Wednesday it was reported that Grace Mugabe may already have returned to Zimbabwe, but Mbalula insisted she had not tried to leave the country.
South African police said Harare had since requested “diplomatic immunity cover”.
She has her own version of the events … It is for our investigators who have the case and to engage with her to come and answer in relation to this matter,” Mbalula told ANA. 
He said police had to treat her differently from an “ordinary person” because of her diplomatic status. “If it was somebody else, in relation with being a suspect … we could have long moved and raided on her in terms of the issues,” said Mbalula.


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