August 18, 2017 / 4:50 PM / a year ago

South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity - security source

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday.

The source also told Reuters that Mugabe, 52, had failed to appear in a Johannesburg magistrate’s court on Tuesday under an agreement struck with police because of fears she might be attacked.

“There are a lot of exiled Zimbabweans in South Africa,” the source said.

Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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