Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, handed herself in to South African police on Tuesday after reports she had assaulted a woman in Johannesburg’s up-market Sandton district over the weekend, eNCA television said.
South African police minister Fikile Mbalula earlier told reporters that he expected to get a report from investigators on Tuesday and that 52-year-old Grace, a possible successor to her husband, Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president Robert Mugabe, could be arrested.
A Zimbabwean intelligence source said Grace was travelling on a normal passport.
“She was here on business,” the source told Reuters.
During the incident, which occurred on Sunday, Mugabe, 52, allegedly attacked Gabriella Engels, 20, with an extension cord, leaving her with wounds on her forehead and the back of her head.
“She’s not under arrest because she cooperated and handed herself over to the police,” South African Police Minister Fikile Mbalula told reporters.
“In terms of foreign citizens, they must understand they have responsibilities — especially those who hold diplomatic passports.”
Grace faulted the model for spending time with her sons who have become party animals.