Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has been accused of beating up a South African model in a Johannesburg hotel leaving her with injuries.
The 20-year-old model, Gabriella Engels, posted a picture of the alleged assault on Twitter on Monday evening saying she was beat up with her two friends in the hotel room after one of Mugabe’s sons ran away and the other was taken out of the room.
“Rob jnr was put out of the hotel room and Bellermine ran away. My two friends and I were beat up in a room with 10+ men leaving her to do it,” she tweeted with references to Mrs Mugabe’s bodyguards.
Rob jnr was put out of the hotel room and Bellermine ran away.— Gah-bee (@DaNamesGaby) August 14, 2017
My two friends and I were beat up in a room with 10+ men leaving her to do it https://t.co/FXdYafh3pm
“She split my head open in 3 places. With an extension cord and used the plug to hit me,” she explained with a picture showing a deep cut on her forehead.
I have to more injuries at the back of my head pic.twitter.com/fz3olUz9tN— Gah-bee (@DaNamesGaby) August 14, 2017
While Gabriella was tweeting the version of her story, Mugabe’s party Zanu-PF posted her picture saying she attacked the first lady.
“We can confirm if this is one of the perpetrators who attacked comrade Grace Mugabe. Be careful comrades,” they tweeted.
We can confirm if this is one of the perpetrators who attacked comrade Grace Mugabe. Be careful comrades. pic.twitter.com/3VCyfsY8vB— ZANU PF (@zanu_pf) August 14, 2017
No official statement has been made after the incident, but the hotel management confirmed to local media that there was an incident without naming anyone.
Gabriella Engels denied sleeping in the room with Mugabe’s sons and threatened to seek justice for the alleged assault.
Mugabe’s sons, Robert Peter Mugabe Jr and Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe are well-known for throwing parties and living in luxury apartments.
They were thrown out of their apartment in Dubai and also evicted from a Johannesburg apartment for several disturbances including an alleged brawl.
They study at the University of Johannesburg.