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Grace Mugabe has not handed herself over to police

Grace Mugabe has not handed herself over to police

The 52-year-old first lady confronted the 20-year-old model and her friend accusing them of partying with her two twenty-something sons, who were staying in a nearby hotel room.

Speaking to TimesLive, Gaby - who was told to seek medical attention before even reporting the incident to the police - confirmed that she will be opening an assault case against Mrs Mugabe.

Gabriella's mother‚ Debbie‚ said they were going to the police station to open an assault case yesterday (Monday).

Engel who reported the matter to South African Police immediately after the assault said she is disappointed that her assailant did not pitch up in court and feels justice has been denied.

President Robert Mugabe's wife allegedly attacked a young woman with an extension cord after finding her with her two sons in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Engels claims that the first lady's bodyguards stood by and watched as Mrs Mugabe attacked her.

Engels appeared to be bleeding from her head in social media photos after the alleged assault.

News24 published a picture of what it said was Ms Engels with a large gash in her forehead. "I was surprised. I had to crawl out of the room before I could run away", she said.

Acting national police commissioner Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba told Parliament's portfolio committee on police on Wednesday that Grace's lawyers had agreed to co-operate with police.

"We were chilling in a hotel room‚ and they were in the room next door‚" Engels said.

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Earlier reports indicated that she had returned to Zimbabwe. First lady Grace Mugabe is associated with the other faction.

Confusion surrounded the case on Tuesday.

Instead, spokesman Vishnu Naidoo told AFP that police are negotiating with the suspect's lawyers, adding, "We do not know her whereabouts at this stage".

A senior Zimbabwean government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said: 'Yes, she is back in the country.

Zimbabwe's first lady failed to appear in court Tuesday to answer allegations she assaulted a 20-year-old woman.

"We call on the South African government led by President Jacob Zuma to officially ban Grace Mugabe's permit to visit South Africa as a sign that our government is dealing with the issue of women abuse very seriously".

Grace was one of Mugabe's secretaries when their affair began in 1987, and they had two children in secret before the president's wife died in 1992.

Engels, who sustained injuries on the front of her forehead, the back of her scalp and more bruises on her body, said she wanted justice to be served.

Mugabe's sons, Robert Peter Mugabe Jr and Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe are well-known for throwing parties and living in luxury apartments.