'Now I know Grace Mugabe is not going to get off scot-free'

Debbie Engels, Gabriella's mother, says that she's most grateful to the legal team at AfriForum, which includes advocate Gerrie Nel.

Debbie Engels (left) and her daughter Gabriella Engels, who claims that she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The family of the woman who is accusing Grace Mugabe of assault says they're grateful that they're not alone in their pursuit of justice against Zimbabwe's first lady.

Gabriella Engels claims that Mugabe assaulted her with an electrical cord at Sandton hotel on Sunday.

Civic group AfriForum will provide legal assistance for Engels.

Debbie Engels, Gabriella's mother, says that she's most grateful to the legal team at AfriForum, which includes advocate Gerrie Nel.

AfriForum says they expect the trial to begin in the next three months.

Debbie says she's glad they are not alone.

"At least now I can sleep a little bit more peaceful knowing that I have people in my corner that are going to help me fight for justice for my daughter. And I know these people are not going to back down. They’re going to fight for her all the way. I’m very, very grateful. Now I know that this woman is not going to get off scot-free."

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