Grace Mugabe matter should not affect SA-Zim relationship - Mbeki

Claims The hotel confirmed guests had been asked to leave but would not confirm whether they were Mrs Mugabe

Engels did not witness the attack and Reuters has not been able to verify key aspects of the allegations independently.

Facile Mbalula earlier informed worldwide and local reporters that 52-year-old Grace Mugabe, considered a possible successor to her husband, 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe is a good person and has been cooperating with police.

CNN has reached out to Mugabe's representatives for comment.

'The negotiations over the suspect handing herself over have not concluded and our investigations have not finalised, ' police national spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said.

Mugabe is a potential contender to succeed her 93-year-old husband.

His wife has previously said her husband could "rule from the grave", adding: "If God decides to take him then we would rather field him as a corpse".

"I had no clue who this woman was when she started beating me", Engels said in a radio interview with CapeTalk 567AM. "They kept telling her 'They're not here, '" she said.

Following the alleged attack, Miss Engels, 20, tweeted a picture of a wound on her head claiming it was caused by the first lady after she had been "partying" with her sons in the up-market Sandton district.

Mugabe's immunity request is now under consideration, Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation told The Associated Press. "With an extension cord and plug to hit me".

Gabriella told her that she eventually escaped and got help from one of the hotel security guards. A Zimbabwean intelligence source told Reuters she was not traveling on a diplomatic passport. The other two girls were not hurt, she said.

Following the Sunday incident, Grace Mugabe had agreed to appear in court on Tuesday but didn't show up, officials said.

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