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Another Assault Claim Against Grace Mugabe


7Dnews London

Wed, 15 May 2019 10:39 GMT

Yet another claim of assault has emerged against the former First Lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe.

This time she stands accused of attacking an employee at the family home in 2017.

Speaking on Tuesday, May 14th, lawyers said court papers had been filed for Shupikai Chiroodza, who claimed Mugabe beat her with her fists and then a shoe. The attack allegedly left the employee’s face pouring blood.

It is alleged that Mugabe attacked Chiroodza after first accusing her of "milking" her husband, former President Robert Mugabe. The claim emerged after Chiroodza accepted a cash wedding gift from him, according to the court papers.

At the time of the attack, Chiroodza was a government employee working at the Mugabes' private Blue Roof mansion in Harare. The alleged attack took place in March 2017, just eight months before then-president Mugabe was forced from office.

"I represent Chiroodza, who was part of the domestic staff at Blue Roof in a case of unlawful dismissal," said lawyer Douglas Coltart.

In her court papers demanding her job back, Chiroodza said Grace Mugabe punched her and ordered her to return an unspecified amount of money.

"She started beating me with clenched fists shouting, 'Who do you think you are? You are milking my husband behind my back'," Chiroodza said in her court application.

"I was terrified. She removed her shoe and continued assaulting me with it and blood started gushing out of my forehead, mouth and nose. The assault continued for about 20 minutes."

Chiroodza said she only received a dismissal letter some two months later.

Coltart said the civil service commission had indicated it would not contest the case. "We are hoping to get some form of settlement," he said.

But this is not the first allegation of assault to be levelled against Grace Mugabe. In August 2017 she also allegedly assaulted South African model Gabrielle Engels with an electrical extension cord. 

According to AFP, the assault took place at an upmarket hotel in Johannesburg where the Mugabes' two sons were staying.

South Africa subsequently granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity, which allowed her to hurriedly leave the country. The diplomatic immunity was later challenged in court, with the court later scrapped the ruling. As such, Grace Mugabe now faces a warrant of arrest in South Africa.