Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, was due to hand herself over yesterday at Sandton Police Station in Morningside, northern Joburg.
According to police sources, Grace went to the Sandton Police Station, straight to top management, where she and her lawyers briefly met senior police officials.
“I don’t know what the agreement was with the police, but she soon left the cop shop with her bodyguards,” said the source.
Another police source said Grace is facing assault charges and possible
She allegedly assaulted Gabriella Engels, a friend of her sons, at the Capital 20 West Hotel in Sandton.
Speaking at the Randburg court where other reporters were waiting in the hopes of seeing her, Zimbabwe Communist Party general secretary Nicholas Mabhena condemned Grace’s behaviour.
He said the law must take its course as it wasn’t the first time she had assaulted someone.
“She has an anger problem and needs serious help and counselling.”
Meanwhile, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo confirmed a 20-year-old South African woman was allegedly assaulted at a Sandton hotel.
He said the woman registered a case of assault.
“The investigation into this case has already reached an advanced stage.
“The suspect in this matter cannot be named because she has not yet appeared in court.”
Yesterday afternoon, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed to media in Wynberg that Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe had handed herself over to the police. Later, a police spokesman corrected the minister.
Naidoo said the minister later learned that things didn’t happen as they were reported.
“We do not know her whereabouts at this stage,” said Naidoo.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu PF, tweeted: “We confirm there was a minor argument between troublemakers and comrade Grace Mugabe.”
The party posted a photo of Engels and said: “She is one of the perpetrators who attacked comrade Grace.
“Be careful, comrades.”
Yesterday, the party tweeted: “Yes, it is true, the first lady has returned home after a traumatic experience.”