Zimbabwe says it’s not necessary to arrest former first lady, Grace Mugabe

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JOHANNESBURG, December 21 – Zimbabwe’s deputy minister of information, Energy Mutodi, has told South Africa that issuing an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, the wife of former president Robert Mugabe, is not in the best interests of his country, the Zimbabwean reported on Friday.

Mugabe, who faces assault charges, allegedly hit a young South African woman with a cord in the face at an upscale hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, in 2017.

A South African court ruled earlier this year that the government acted illegally when it granted diplomatic immunity to 53-year-old Mugabe after the alleged attack that left model Gabriella Engels with a huge gash on her face.

However, Mutodi said on Thursday that Harare objected to the move by South African law enforcement against Mugabe, adding that “harassment of Mugabe’s immediate family members was not in the best interests of Zimbabwe”. (ANA)