Zimbabwe’s first lady has handed herself in to South African police following allegations she attacked a model.
Gabriella Engels has accused Grace Mugabe of assaulting her while she was visiting the first lady’s sons in a hotel room in an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg.
The 20-year-old claims the first lady’s bodyguards stood and watched as Mrs Mugabe, 52, hit her with an extension cord.
She posted a picture on social media showing a gash in her forehead, which she claims is a result of the alleged encounter.
“I had no clue who this woman was when she started beating me,” Ms Engels told local radio station 702.
Police minister Fikile Mbalula said Mrs Mugabe will be charged over the alleged assault and added: “She’s not under arrest because she co-operated and handed herself over to the police.
“From the police side, we have had to act in the interests of the victim, we have opened a case.”
Mrs Mugabe, a possible successor to her 92-year-old husband Robert, is due to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon, according to eNCA television.
A Zimbabwean intelligence source told the Reuters news agency that the 52-year-old was travelling on a normal passport.
South African media reports say diplomatic immunity will not apply in the case because Mrs Mugabe is not a part of Zimbabwe’s government or a government official.