Introduction — Aug 15, 2017
As a young soldier fighting far from home I remember the old Rhodesians joking bitterly about “Zimbabwe’s ruins” — the 900-year-old stone ruins that are thought to be the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa — and how Robert Mugabe would indeed bring ruin to the country.
How right they were.
Known as Gucci Grace, because of her lavish shopping sprees in Europe and the far east, Grace Mugabe lives a life of luxury that is far removed from that of the ordinary Zimbabwean. The 52-year-old is also tipped to succeed her 93-year-old husband.
According to Wikipedia:
During her tenure as first lady, Grace Mugabe has overseen the construction of two palaces. The first, referred to commonly as “Gracelands”, became controversial for its extravagance, and Grace Mugabe later explained that she had paid for its construction with her own personal savings.
She is also reported to own farms in Zimbabwe, in addition to properties in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Furthermore she is alleged to have made millions of dollars from diamond mines in eastern Zimbabwe, where miners hand extract the gems but subsist on meagre wages, if they are paid at all.
Again this needs to be seen in the context of Grace Mugabe’s lavish lifestyle. For “liberation” from white minority rule has brought Zimbabweans ruthless oppression and poverty that makes the old Rhodesia seem like paradise in comparison.
Once, Rhodesia was seen as a bread basket for Africa, supplying an abundance of grains, meat and fruit to its population and exporting a substantial surplus beyond. In comparison today’s Zimbabwe is a virtual basket case, subsisting on handouts from international donors. So that malnutrition now afflicts more than a quarter of the country’s children.
To make matters worse there are reports that the aid is being used as a means to shore up Mugabe’s political base. With areas in Zimbabwe that supported Mugabe reportedly receiving aid but areas where the opposition is strong allegedly receiving none.
Grace Mugabe ‘assaulted’ me with an extension cord, model, 20, claims
James de Villiers, News24 Aug 15, 2017
Mugabe may face prosecution for the alleged assault in South Africa. Diplomatic immunity can only be granted if the first lady was in the country for official business, Department of International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela told IOL.
The Zimbabwean Mail reported that Mugabe was in the country to have her foot examined following an accident at the Harare international airport.
Gabriella Engels on Monday said she was visiting Mugabe’s two sons Robert and Chatunga at the Capital 20 West Hotel whom she met through a mutual friend on Saturday.
Engels said a bodyguard asked her and a friend to wait in a separate room before Mugabe allegedly started beating her.
“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 told News24 over the phone.
Engels said Mugabe accused her of living with her sons.
“She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. 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.
“Her ten bodyguards just stood there watching, no one did anything, no one tried to help me.”
Engels said hotel staff escorted her out of the hotel. She immediately tried to open a case of assault at the Sandton police station.
A police officer, however, advised her to seek medical attention first.
“There was blood everywhere. Over my arms, in my hair, everywhere.”
She opened a case of assault against the 52-year-old Mugabe on Monday afternoon. Gauteng police were unable to verify whether a case of assault had been opened.
Both Robert and Chatunga have not responded to messages from News24 on Monday afternoon.
Calls to Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba went unanswered.
The Capital Hotel Group wished not to comment on the incident.
Engels said she had not been contacted by either Mugabe or her children following the incident.
She said she is unable to “deal” with the trauma she experienced.
“I am a model, with this scar over my face my whole career is ruined,” an emotional Engels told News24.
“I don’t know how to deal with this, but I am trying hard. I am trying so hard to be strong.”