>> South African police have put a red alert on the country's borders to stop Zimbabwe's First Lady from fleeing. Grace Mugabe allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old model with an electric cable in a hotel room in Johannesburg on Sunday. Gabriella Engels says she was waiting to meet up with one of Mugabe's sons.
52-year-old Mrs. Mugabe has applied for diplomatic immunity to protect herself from possible assault charges, according to police.>> And we actually are fearful that there would actually be recriminatory attacks on our fellow Zimbabwean citizens who live in the South African diaspora, because of the conduct of the First Lady.
>> Mrs. Mugabe had been due to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon, but she failed to turn up. The authorities do not know where she is. The model's mother, Debbie Engels, told Reuters her daughter required 14 stitches to her head. She showed Reuters photographs taken hours after of the incident, depicting gashes on Gabriella's forehead and the back of her head.
The family has enlisted the help of former prosecutor Gerrie Nel, the lawyer who secured Oscar Pistorius's murder conviction. Nel says the victim's family's been offered money to settle the matter. Reuters has not been able to verify the assault allegations independently. Requests for comment from Mugabe spokesman and from his information minister have gone unanswered.
Local media said Grace Mugabe was in South Africa to receive treatment to an injured foot. A Zimbabwean intelligence source told Reuters she was not traveling on a diplomatic passport, meaning diplomatic immunity would not apply. But a criminal attorney said, given the potential for diplomatic fallout, prosecutors could decide not to press charges if they thought the injuries were not too severe.
The police though, have said Grace Mugabe will get no special treatment.