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First lady Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe amid SA assault claims

Mugabe allegedly attacked a model, Gabriella Engels, on Aug 13

AFP | PTI  |  Harare 

Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe
(Left to right) Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe with wife Grace Mugabe. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, accused of in where she is seeking diplomatic immunity, returned home from a visit there on Sunday, public broadcaster ZBC reported.

Mugabe, who is being sought by police after allegedly attacking a 20-year-old model at a Johannesburg hotel last weekend, flew home with her husband on Sunday.

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

The president had flown to on Wednesday to attend a two-day regional leaders' summit in which began on Saturday -- which she had also been expected to attend.

But he appeared to have cut short his visit, skipping the second day of talks among leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

South African police had said they were on high alert to make sure that Mugabe's 52-year-old wife did not leave the country with officials reportedly weighing up whether to issue an arrest warrant.

The first lady is alleged to have assaulted Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cable on August 13 at the hotel where the model was staying with Mugabe's two sons who have a reputation for partying.

Engels said she suffered deep cuts to her forehead and the back of her head and has opened a police case alleging with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

But has not been seen since the allegations were made and failed to appear at the summit.

First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 16:54 IST