Grace Mugabe has no right to diplomatic immunity - Zakhele Mbhele

Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses ZANU-PF supporters during a 2017 rally in Marondera

Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses ZANU-PF supporters during a 2017 rally in Marondera

Gabriella Engels has claimed Mugabe beat her while the latter's bodyguards watchedJOHANNESBURG Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is travelling to South Africa on Wednesday to attend the 37th summit of the Southern African Development Community, giving him an opportunity to come to the rescue of his wife Grace, holed up in Johannesburg after a hotel brawl, the African Independent has reported. We are frustrated and furious about the police's handling of the matter.

"We were expecting a statement from her", he said, according to the domestic ANA news agency. She is not here in an official capacity and the immunity extended to Heads of State is not applicable to a first lady. Our investigations continued to the airport where Mugabe was cleared to take off by National Aviation Authorities knowing full well that she had a pending case.

"Yes, she is back in the country".

Grace Mugabe is a key figure in Zimbabwe's political scene as the country's ruling Zanu PF party is divided about the "succession issue".

A second official also confirmed that Grace had returned, saying "she is around now" and accused the media of a plot to tarnish the first family's name.

An unsigned statement from South Africa's minister of police, Fikile Mbalula, said Mrs. Mugabe had dispatched her legal representatives to claim diplomatic immunity.

She did not appear and police later said she had agreed to turn herself in but then failed to do so.

Documents seen by The Telegraph show that Mrs Mugabe, who is now facing allegations that she beat up a woman in Johannesburg, recently spent about £4 million on a mansion in one of south Africa's richest suburbs.

The News24 website quoted Engels' version of events in the hotel room. She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it.

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