Grace Mugabe beats model silly, rushed to police

Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe

A twenty-year-old model claims Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe, assaulted her with an extension cord in Sandton on Sunday evening.

Mugabe may face prosecution for the alleged assault in South Africa.

Diplomatic immunity can only be granted if the First Lady was in the country for official business, Department of International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela told IOL.

The Zimbabwean Mail reported that Mugabe was in the country to have her foot examined following an accident at the Harare international airport.

Gabriella Engels on Monday said she was visiting Mugabe’s two sons Robert and Chatunga at the Capital 20 West Hotel whom she met through a mutual friend on Saturday.

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Engels said a bodyguard asked her and a friend to leave the brothers and wait in a separate room before Mugabe allegedly started beating her.

“When Grace entered I had no idea who she was. She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it,” Engels told News24 over the phone.

Engels said Mugabe accused her of living with her sons.

“She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I was surprised… I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away.

“Her ten bodyguards just stood there watching, no one did anything, no one tried to help me.”

She said hotel staff escorted Engels out of the hotel when she tried to open a case of assault at the Sandton police station.

 ‘Blood everywhere’

A police officer, however, advised her to seek medical attention first.

“There was blood everywhere. Over my arms, in my hair, everywhere.”

She opened a case of assault against the 52-year-old first lady on Monday afternoon.

Gauteng police were unable to verify whether a case of assault had been opened.

Both Robert and Chatunga have not responded to messages from News24 on Monday afternoon.

Engels said she had not been contacted by either Mugabe or her children following the incident. She said she is unable to “deal” with the trauma she experienced.

“I am a model, with this scar over my face my whole career is ruined,” an emotional Engels told News24.

“I don’t know how to deal with this, but I am trying hard. I am trying so hard to be strong.”

Zanu party speaks

The Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) which has been the ruling party in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 confirmed the incident.

“We can confirm that there was a minor altercation between agent provocateurs and comrade Grace Mugabe. No need to panic she is fine and safe,” Zanu tweeted.

“We can confirm if this is one of the perpetrators who attacked comrade Grace Mugabe. Be careful comrades. There will be no other comment on the attack on Comrade Grace Mugabe. Other than she is safe and fine. Good day.”

The model rejected the report as false: “Attacking her? With 10+ body guards watching how she was beating me? I did not lift a finger on the first lady.”

The party said whoever is promoting “Grace is a Disgrace” campaign must be warned that it is libel and can get them into trouble.

It said Grace Mugabe is recovering well from the soft tissue ankle injury which is unrelated to the “attack on her”.

“We will no longer engage on gossipy matters. Further communication on the first lady will only come from official spokesperson and lawyers.”




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