Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe to be charged with assault in South Africa: minister

| Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 4:00pm



Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, handed herself in to South African police on Tuesday and will be charged with assault after reports that she attacked a young woman in Johannesburg, the police minister said.

Fikile Mbalula earlier told reporters that 52-year-old Grace, a possible successor to her husband, 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, had cooperated with police.

South African media said Grace was in the country to have an injured foot examined.

It was unclear whether she was traveling on a diplomatic passport.

On whether she could be arrested while having diplomatic immunity, Mbalula said: "All those implications will be taken into consideration." He then added: "She will be charged."

"She is not under arrest because she cooperated and handed herself over to the police. But a case has been opened," he said.