Grace Mugabe has a history of violence

First lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe failed to hand herself over to the South African police to face charges of assault.

According to reports, Mugabe managed to leave South Africa before facing local police.

Mugabe allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old South African woman after she found her spending time with her sons at a Sandton hotel.

National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo has confirmed that indeed a case has been opened against Mugabe and as soon as the investigations are complete a docket will be handed over to a senior public prosecutor to make a decision.

Arresting someone could take a couple of days or even weeks depending on how the investigation unfolds and the evidence we have to ensure that justice prevails.

Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, National police spokesperson

Someone's movements can only be restricted when there is sufficient evidence.

Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, National police spokesperson

Naidoo says while conducting investigations, Mugabe's legal representatives called them to negotiate for the suspect to hand herself over to the police. The move was welcomed by South African police but it never materialised.

Africa Editor at Mail & Guardian, Simon Allison says at this point, the case against the Zimbabwean first lady is a little tricky because we only have one side of the story.

He says Mugabe has a history of not being able to control herself and assaulting people. In 2009 a British photographer in Hong Kong was allegedly assaulted by Mugabe for taking pictures of her. The case was never investigated because of Mugabe's diplomatic immunity.

In another incident in Singapore, she allegedly assaulted a group of journalists and threw their equipment into a pond. She reportedly had to pay money to make that case go away.

Clearly there is a history of Grace Mugabe being linked with violent incidences in and outside Zimbabwe...

Simon Allison, Africa Editor at Mail & Guardian

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