South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe over the alleged assault of a model in a luxury Johannesburg hotel in 2017, police said on Wednesday.
Zimbabwean police are investigating former ruler Robert Mugabe's wife Grace, accused of smuggling ivory worth millions to underground foreign markets, a state-owned weekly reported on Sunday.
Deposed Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe is being investigated by the country's anti-graft agency over land she controversially acquired while in power, as well as a doctorate degree the university says she didn't deserve.
Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 but stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized power and the ruling party turned against him.
Robert Mugabe was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month in a move that triggered Tuesday's intervention by the army.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's sacking of his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa was part of a wider purge, state media said on Tuesday, in a clear out analysts say is meant to neutralise any resistance to the political rise of his wife, Grace.
Zimbabwe's volatile first lady Grace Mugabe has denied she attacked a South African model with an extension cord at a Johannesburg hotel last month, saying that in fact the "intoxicated" and "unhinged" woman attacked her with a knife.
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe returned home from South Africa early on Sunday pursued by demands she face prosecution over an alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room.
South Africa is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a government source said.