South African prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe for allegedly assaulting a model in 2017, police say.
The move comes after a court annulled her diplomatic immunity in July.
South Africa’s government was criticised for letting Mrs Mugabe leave the country after the alleged assault.
The model Gabriella Engels accused
Police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said on Wednesday: “I can confirm that a warrant for the arrest of Grace Mugabe was issued last Thursday.”
It is unclear why the reporting of the warrant was delayed and there has been no response yet from
Lobby group AfriForum, which has been pursuing the case, welcomed the arrest warrant.
“It seems that justice is going to take place and we are looking forward to this matter going forward,” South Africa’s Times Live website quoted AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel as saying.
It is unknown whether South Africa will push for Mrs Mugabe’s extradition.
The Mugabe family owns properties in South Africa.
The alleged assault took place about three months before the military takeover in Zimbabwe, which saw Robert Mugabe resign as president after 37 years in power.