SA, Zim On Collision Course Over Grace Mugabe Arrest Warrant
On Wednesday, it was revealed that a South African court issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe’s former First Lady Grace Mugabe. Mrs Mugabe is a wanted person for allegedly assaulting and injuring a South African model, Gabriella Engels, with an electrical extension cord.
On a visit to South Africa sometime last year, Mrs Mugabe encountered Engels in a hotel room in the company of her two sons, Robert Mugabe Jr and Bellarmine Chatunga. Grace reportedly flew into a rage and attacked the model.
The South Africa Police Service has already sought the assistance of Interpol for the arrest and extradition of Mrs Mugabe to South Africa to face trial. However, Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Information and Publicity, Energy Mutodi considers such a move detestable to Harare. He said
An attack on Grace Mugabe is an attack on the former President. President (Robert) Mugabe is our founding father and liberation icon and his misery is undesirable to us.
We will not smile on any attempt to embarrass, ill-treat or diminish the image of former President Robert Mugabe or his immediate family members.
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It remains to be seen if Mrs Mugabe will indeed be arrested and extradited to South Africa or whether the Zimbabwe government will reject such a move and sour relations with South Africa.