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Grace Mugabe faces South Africa arrest warrant



  President Robert Mugabe kisses his wife and First Lady Grace Mugabe during the country's 37th Independence Day in Harare National Stadium in April 2017

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Robert Mugabe has been released after he was accused of wanting to hand over power to his wife Grace

The South African Procuratorate issued a warrant for Zimbabwe's ex-first-lady, Grace Mugabe, for allegedly attacking a model in 201

7, police said.

The decision came after a court reversed its diplomatic immunity in July.

South Africa's government has been criticized for having left the country after Ms. Mugabe was arrested.

Gabriella Engels accused Ms. Mugabe of hitting the "hell of me" with an electric extension cord in a hotel room in Johannesburg. Ms. Mugabe said at the time that she had been in self-defense after the "intoxicated and raptured" model had attacked her in the room where her two sons lived.

Reuters quoted police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo on Wednesday as saying: "I can confirm that arrest warrants were issued last Thursday against Grace Mugabe."

It is not clear why the arrest warrant's coverage was delayed and no response so far by the authorities of Ms Mugabe or Zimbabwe.

Lobby AfriForum group following the case welcomed the arrest warrant.

"Justice seems to be taking place and we look forward to the matter," quoted South African AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel's Times Live website.

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It is not clear whether South Africa will force Ms. Mugabe's extradition.

The Mugabe family owns property in South Africa.

The alleged attack took place about three months before the military takeover in Zimbabwe, in which Robert Mugabe resigned after 37 years as president.


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