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>> 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 by whipping her 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.
The 52-year-old president's wife has applied for diplomatic immunity for protection, police say. Reuters' Ed Cropley was at a press conference with the victim's family in Pretoria, and says they've enlisted the help of one of the world's most famous lawyers.>> Gabriella, who turned up at this news conference with a large plaster on her forehead and then two more plasters on the back of her head from the injuries that she's sustained.
She didn't speak, but her mother spoke at this news conference alongside Gerrie Nel, who many people remember is the prosecutor from the Oscar Pistorius case. And at the news conference, the mother reveals that the family has been offered a sum of money to make this case go away.
They've rejected it. They've made very, very clear they want justice, not money. And following up on that, Gerrie Nel that the former prosecutor, delivered the bombshell that the investigators in this case are looking to secure an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, who everybody believes Is still in South Africa.
Mrs. Mugabe had been due to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon, but she failed to turn up. The model's mother, Debbie Engles, told Reuters her daughter had required 14 stitches to her head. She showed Reuters photographs of gashes on Gabriella's forehead and the back of her head. Reuters has not been able to verify the assault allegations independently.
Requests for comment have gone answered. 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 travelling on a diplomatic passport, and that would mean diplomatic immunity would not apply.