Zimbabwe's first lady seeks diplomatic immunity over alleged assault of young model

Zimbabwe's first lady seeks diplomatic immunity over alleged assault of young model

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has requested diplomatic immunity over an allegation that she assaulted a young model in Johannesburg earlier this week, South African police said.

Officers said Mrs Mugabe is still in South Africa, following a day of intense speculation over her whereabouts after a 20-year-old woman accused the wife of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe of assault.

A police statement said the Zimbabwean government has asked for diplomatic immunity for a suspect involved in the assault.

The police have declined to name Mrs Mugabe in the case as she has not yet appeared in court.

A spokesman for South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation told The Associated Press that the immunity request is under consideration.

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