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Grace Mugabe issued a warrant of arrest by South African government.

The South African government has recently issued an arrest warrant against former Zimbabwean first Lady Grace Mugabe after a diplomatic immunity granted her was overturned earlier this year.

This follows an alleged assault incident which took place in an upmarket district of Johannesburg August 2017 between Grace Mugabe and a Gabriella Engels.

Vishnu Naidoo, South African Police Service spokesman, who confirmed the warrant indicated that the police were now seeking Interpol’s help to enforce the warrant.

Gabriella Engels, who is a South African model had accused the former Zimbabwean first lady of attacking her in August 2017, but Grace was allowed to leave the country following a diplomatic immunity granted to her by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa’s former Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

She was considered a potential successor to her husband Robert, who was later ousted last year in a military coup. However, the immunity granted her was reversed by a South African court this year after the alleged victim, Gabriella Engels, challenged the decision

Mrs Mugabe denied assaulting Engels indicating that Engels attacked her with a knife after the model had gone to see the Mugabes’ sons at the hotel, but her denial was counteracted by the South African advocacy group Afriforum, which represented Engels.

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