Zimbabwe Communist Party: Grace Mugabe has anger management issues

Eyewitness News has reliably learnt that Mugabe is still in the country but her exact whereabouts remain unknown.

FILE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace stand by the monument of the Unknown Soldier during Heroes Day commemorations in Harare on August 10, 2015. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The Zimbabwean Communist Party says it’s not surprised by the alleged assault on a woman by the country's First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Mugabe was meant to appear in the Randburg magistrates court on Tuesday but failed to honour an agreement with the police to hand herself over on that morning.

The first lady is accused of assaulting a woman at a Sandton hotel at the weekend.

Eyewitness News has reliably learnt that Mugabe is still in the country but her exact whereabouts remain unknown.

The Communist Party’s General Secretary Nicholas Mabena says: “We think she has a problem with managing her anger. We recommend that she should go for counselling so that she would be able to manage her anger. We’re not surprised at all.”

On Tuesday, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said that Mugabe had handed herself over to the police and would be appearing in court but she failed to appear.

Meanwhile, the police's Vishnu Naidoo says that they believe the docket is now ready to be handed to a senior public prosecutor for a decision.

"Depending on what directions we are given by a prosecutor, before we can actually consider where to locate the suspect and arrest the suspect or warned to appear in court."

Meanwhile, Engels says that no level of intimidation will make her drop the assault case against Mugabe.

Engels and two other friends were allegedly assaulted at a Sandton hotel on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Engels says she's aware of Grace Mugabe's history of alleged abuse and wants her to face a court of law.

In 2009, a photographer claimed he was punched repeatedly by Mugabe in Hong Kong.

Engels says this can't be allowed.

"I just hope that the fact that I’m being strong enough to speak against her and that means I can be the voice for other people who she assaulted."

Engels says although she has not received any calls personally intimidating her to drop the charges, she fears leaving her house.

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Zimbabwean social movement Tajamuka says it is appalled by the assault allegations levelled against its first lady Grace Mugabe.

The movement claims that Mugabe habitually assaults members of the public in Zimbabwe and faces no repercussions.

Radical pressure group Tajamuka’s Diana Nyokadzino says they expect the South African judicial system to ensure that Gabriella Engels is vindicated.

Nyokadzino says Mugabe’s social standing in Zimbabwe should not be a reason for her to be treated differently.

“Because she’s the first lady, it doesn’t mean that she’s supposed to get away with just about everything. Assault on people, assault on young people, assault on Zimbabweans, so she has to get arrested.

“Maybe this time around, she’s done it in South Africa to a foreign person, maybe she will get arrested because we have failed to do that in our own country.”

While speculation around Mugabe having left the country became prominent on Tuesday, the police maintained that they were negotiating for her to hand herself over.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)