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South Africa issues arrest warrant for Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe over the alleged assault of a model in a luxury Johannesburg hotel in 2017, police said on Wednesday. After the alleged assault with an electric cable came to light, the South African government granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity and she left the country. Her husband, Robert Mugabe, was Zimbabwe’s president at the time. The immunity was overturned by a South African court in July this year after the alleged…

Robert Mugabe: Liberation hero turned despot

Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe once quipped that he'd rule his country until he turned 100. But, aged 93, his grip on power seems to be ebbing as tensions erupt between his loyal ZANU-PF party and the military that has helped keep him in office. First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony Rhodesia of white minority rule, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was soon cast in the role of a despot who crushed political dissent and ruined the national economy. The former political prisoner turned guerrilla…