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Grace Mugabe nowhere to be found after alleged assault on lady found in her sons’ hotel room



Grace Mugabe vanishes after alleged assault on lady in sons' hotel room

Grace Mugabe

Grace Mugabe, 52, the wife of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has allegedly gone into hiding after she was accused of assaulting a 20 year-old model, Gabriella Engels with an extension cord.

This is contrary to an earlier report that she handed herself over to the police over allegations of physical assault on Engels, who she met at a hotel where her sons – Robert and Chatunga – lodged in South Africa.

Mugabe was in South Africa to have her foot examined following an accident at the Harare international airport.

Police national spokesman Vishnu Naidoo told AFP that “the negotiations over the suspect handing herself over have not concluded and our investigations have not finalised.”

“The investigation into this case has already reached an advanced stage. The suspect in this matter cannot be named because she has not as yet appeared in court. We request that the SAPS be allowed to conduct a thorough investigation and to follow due process,” Naidoo added.

Naidoo said that the negotiations that led to an earlier statement by police minister Fikile Mbalula that Mugabe had handed herself over didn’t materialise as planned.

“As long as we don’t have a suspect in custody, we cannot say when they will appear in court. The minister learned later that it just didn’t materialise as it was supposed to,” Naidoo said.

Speaking to Times Live, Engels narrated the events of the said day. She said she was visiting Robert and Chatunga at the Capital 20 West Hotel after meeting them through a mutual friend on Saturday.

Gabriella Engels

Engels said a bodyguard asked her and a friend to wait in a separate room before Mugabe allegedly started beating her.

“When Grace entered I had no idea who she was. She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it,” she said, adding that Mugabe accused her of living with her sons.

“She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I was surprised… I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away. Her ten bodyguards just stood there watching, no one did anything, no one tried to help me.”


“There was blood everywhere. Over my arms, in my hair, everywhere,” she added.

She opened a case of assault against Mugabe on Monday afternoon, adding that she has not been contacted by either Mugabe or her children following the incident.

“I am a model, with this scar over my face my whole career is ruined. I don’t know how to deal with this, but I am trying hard. I am trying so hard to be strong.”

She said she reported the assault to the police and an investigation was opened.


  1. mtchew

    August 16, 2017 at 4:58 am

    When they say African mothers have a role to play in destroy men for the rest of us people will be arguing.. MADAM RAISE YOUR SON’S! .. Your sons aren’t kings.. They are nuisances … How many times have ur sons been kicked out of countries for their trash behaviour… They invited the girl to their hotel room.. Nd you decide to beat the girl instead of warning your son’s who are NOTORIOUSLY USELESS . It is these same stupid boys you will now expect to marry a good girl abi? A Virgin abi? May God punish all of you …parents who refuse to raise responsible sons but are expecting responsible daughter in-laws… THUNDER Will strike a all of you.

  2. ec

    August 16, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Grace has no chill.
    Did SA court system expect a first lady of another country appear in court?

    For what! She needs to raise her sons right what kind of trash behavior is this

  3. Bella

    August 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

    A good mother would have beaten both her sons and the girls. What arrant nonsense. Clearly they knew what they were there for and how many times do girls go visit boyfriends at their parent’s houses and vice versa, unless they’re sneaking you in seretly? Biko, old age story, you enter at your own risk. These are boys and that is a girl, no maths needed here just a crazy woman who cannot and will not discipline and take responsibility for her sons behaviors! Secondly South Africa is crazy naive if they think the wife of dictator will hand herself over to any common police, especially, in this our Africa continent. Is this not the same South Africa the International Criminal Court had ruled and condemned that they should have arrested Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir wanted for crimes of Genocide? and they simply let him walk through the gates?, so what of this mickey mouse issue of a 20 year old so called model? abeggiiii


    August 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    A family of tyrants !

  5. Ephi

    August 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Her ten bodyguards….. just imagine.

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