Model was offered cash to make Grace Mugabe assault 'go away'

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Debbie Engels told local media that she will pursue the case until a warrant is issued for the arrest of Mrs Mugabe.

Mbalula was asked what measures the police had put in place to ensure Mugabe does not leave the country. "The red alert has been put".

According to an earlier statement on Tuesday by South Africa's police minister Fikile Mbalula, Grace Mugabe handed herself over to the police and will be charged with assault.

The deputy director-general of South Africa's global relations department, Clayson Monyela, told Africa Check: "In my case, when I travel on business, I use my diplomatic passport".

The ministry said Grace Mugabe is expected to attend a Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting underway in Pretoria, as well as attend to "personal matters".

Grace Mugabe allegedly arrived at the Capital 20 West Hotel with bodyguards and accused Engels of partying with her sons Robert and Chatunga, who are both in their 20s and live in Johannesburg.




Others have accused the South African government of affording preferential treatment to Grace Mugabe based on her status and the close ties between Mugabe and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma.

South African police have said Grace Mugabe, who was in the country to have her ankle checked following a freak accident at Harare airport last month, is seeking diplomatic immunity.

"She has her own version of the events ..." They said the suspect could not be named as she had not yet appeared in court. "We hope police will do their duty, we will also support the victim, but if nothing happens we will prosecute the matter", he said.

"She is not somebody who has been running away, from what she said". She claimed to have more injuries on the back of her head. "She hit me at least 10 times in the face and head". "Our position was that she must go to court", he said.

So far she had made no attempt to flee, he added.

Gerrie Nel, a former state prosecutor who now works as a private prosecutor for AfriForum, an organization that primarily represents the rights of South Africa's white Afrikaner minority, said he will offer help to Engels.

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