Grace Mugabe Beat Up Her Son's Model Girlfriend With an Extension Cord and Could Face Charges

It's all fun and games until Grace Mugabe splits your head open in three places with the sharp end of an extension cord while her sons flee the scene.

Dating a Mugabe scion is a lot of fun until his mom lobs an extension cord at your face.

Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first lady and the head of ZANU PF's women's wing, has been accused of assault by a 20 year old South African model stemming from an altercation at the home of Mugabe's two adult sons in the posh Sandton neighborhood of Johannesburg.

The alleged victim, Gabriella Engels, told South Africa's News24, "When Grace entered I had no idea who she was. She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it."

Engels claims she was there visiting the brothers who she'd met through a mutual friend. The Mugabe brothers are well known for their playboy lifestyle—a penchant for partying that was rumored to have caused their move from Dubai to South Africa and, more recently, eviction from their Johannesburg apartment.

Grace Mugabe has been in the news, recently, due to speculation over who would succeed her husband, the 93 year old Zimbabwean strongman and independence hero, Robert Mugabe. Many believe she is angling for the job herself. But can Grace Mugabe be the next president of Zimbabwe if she's locked-up in a South African jail?

According to South Africa's Department of International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela, Mugabe is not eligible for diplomatic immunity in this case because she was in South Africa for medical treatment and not official business.

Engel has told South African media that she plans to press charges.

"She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug." Engel told News24, "Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I was surprised… I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away."

More than a few people in Zimbabwe want to see Grace Mugabe brought to justice. Zimbabwean Communist Party secretary general Nqabutho Mabhena told the Mail & Guardian on Monday, “We want the SA police to arrest Grace Mugabe. You cannot beat up a young lady for going out with your son,”

Like many things in the online era, much of the story has taken place in the social media sphere with Engels defending herself on Twitter and many others weighing in on the relative merits of the case.

Including an account claiming to be the victim's mother:


And a long-running Zanu PF parody account that is often confused for the real thing:

Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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