Zimbabwe blocks flights amid Grace Mugabe scandal

Zimbabwe blocks flights amid Grace Mugabe scandal

Zimbabwe blocks flights amid Grace Mugabe scandal

"She will get it because if we don't, this thing will have an impact on the relations between the two countries and the rest of the region". So far she had made no attempt to flee, he added.

There was no sign of Grace Mugabe at a regional summit that Zimbabwe's 93-year-old president attended Saturday in South Africa's capital, Pretoria.

Engels on Monday opened a case of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm at the Sandton police station‚ and Mugabe was widely thought to be appearing in court on Tuesday.

Engels claims she was in a hotel room with mutual friends of Mugabe's two sons, who live in Johannesburg, when the first lady burst into the room and assaulted her. Photos posted on social media show a bloody gash to Engels' forehead that she claims was a result of the encounter. "And the granting of diplomatic immunity would transgress the law", chief executive Kallie Kriel said.

"Those countries that have traditionally been supportive of Zimbabwe would lambast South Africa for arresting Mrs Mugabe and prosecuting her", Kajee said.

South Africa's Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula said all borders have been notified to prevent Grace Mugabe from leaving the country before the matter is resolved, according to the African News Agency.

"President Robert Mugabe, accompanied by the first lady. arrived on an Air Zimbabwe flight in Harare very early", the broadcaster said.

Engels has denied that she knew the Mugabe brothers and said she met them on the day of the assault.

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She's yet to be granted immunity.

According to Debbie, her daughter was introduced to Mugabe's son, Bellarmine Chatunga, 20, on Saturday evening.

Foreign ministry spokesman Nelson Kgwete said that South Africa was still considering the request a decision was yet to be made.

"There was no amount mentioned", said Nel, flanked by Engels and her mother.

"She had an electric cord wrapped around her hand and she started attacking them".

Meanwhile, amid the controversy surrounding Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe and South Africa engaged in what seemed like an air-traffic tit-for-tat: Zimbabwe blocked flights by South Africa's government-owned airline on Saturday after an Air Zimbabwe flight was grounded at Johannesburg's main worldwide airport the previous evening.

The Zimbabwe's first lady deserves CAJ News Africa's Social Media Award of the Week. "It doesn't apply just because she's the wife of a president", said Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

Mugabe has a history of violence- she's assaulted journalists in Singapore, a photographer in Hong Kong, airport staff in Malaysia and another journalist in Dubai.

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