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Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first lady, To be Charged for Assault in SA

President Robert Mugabe, 93,(left) with wife Grace Mugabe in her 50s (right)

South Africa––The wife of Zimbabwe’s president, Grace Mugabe is scheduled to faces charges in South Africa.

The First Lady of Zimbabwe handed herself in to South African police on Tuesday and is expected to be charged with assault after reports emerged that she attacked a young woman in Johannesburg, the police chief said.

Facile Mbalula earlier informed international and local reporters that 52-year-old Grace Mugabe, considered a possible successor to her husband, 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe is a good person and has been cooperating with police.

According to news sources from South Africa, First Lady Grace was in the country to have an injured foot examined. It is unclear whether she was traveling on a diplomatic passport.

On whether she could be arrested while having diplomatic immunity, Mbalula said: “All those implications will be taken into consideration.” He then added: “She will be charged.”

“She is not under arrest because she cooperated and handed herself over to the police. But a case has been opened,” he said.

It was not clear at which court Grace would appear.

Neither Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe information minister Christopher Mushohwe, nor Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba have commended.

A Zimbabwean intelligence source said the First Lady had been traveling on an ordinary non-diplomatic passport. “She was here on business.”

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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