Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe after South Africa assault allegation

Grace Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe early on Sunday, state media reported, after a 20-year-old model accused the wife of President Robert Mugabe of assaulting her in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room.

Wife of Zimbabwe's president accused of assaulting 20-year-old woman at hotel in Johannesburg

Grace Mugabe, 52, reported to a police station in South Africa last Tuesday after she was accused of assaulting a young woman at an upscale Johannesburg hotel on Aug. 13, the South African police minister said. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press)

Grace Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe early on Sunday, state media reported, after a 20-year-old model accused the wife of President Robert Mugabe of assaulting her in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room.

South Africa granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity, a security source told Reuters on Friday.

Zimbabwean state media reported that Robert Mugabe and the first lady arrived in Harare aboard an Air Zimbabwe plane. A source confirmed this to Reuters.

Harare has made no official comment on the allegations and requests for comment from Zimbabwean government officials have gone unanswered. The South African government has restricted all official comment to the police ministry.