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Grace Mugabe says she acted in self-defence in hotel incident

Story from: South Africa | The Guardian

Zimbabwe first lady denies assault on Gabriella Engels, saying she was protecting herself after being attacked with knife

Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, has denied assaulting a South African model in a hotel suite in Johannesburg last month, saying she acted in self-defence after being attacked with a knife.

In a previously unreported deposition from 17 August, Mugabe countered the version of the incident given by Gabriella Engels to police and media. According to Mugabe, she was protecting herself after intervening on behalf of her adult sons, Chatunga and Robert Jr, who were “in trouble with a drunken young woman”.

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