Tuesday, 22 August 2017


A security incident report has shed new light on the chaotic events that unfolded as Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe went on a rampage at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.

Mugabe’s violent attack on guests and staff at the Capital 20 West in Sandton caused a diplomatic crisis – and outrage in South Africa – but she was granted diplomatic immunity and allowed to leave the country without being prosecuted.

The reporter has seen an official report about the incident‚ compiled by Aragon Security‚ whose officers responded to the scene last Sunday.

It reveals the scale of the rampage‚ directed at her own sons‚ their friends and guests‚ how hotel staff‚ security‚ armed response‚ police and a security company task team were summoned to deal with the chaos.

The report also alleged that police who were summoned to the unfolding drama‚ instructed security officers not to touch the first lady or her entourage of bodyguards.

“The Police officers provided no assistance whatsoever and failed to take the necessary statements at the time of the incident‚” said the report.

The reporter has put the allegation to SAPS spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo and will publish his response in an updated story.

Mugabe‚ who arrived at the hotel with several bodyguards and a police escort around 9pm on Sunday night‚ was accused of assaulting 20-year-old Gabriella Engels and two of her friends.

The Sunday Times reported that a hotel employee was shoved out of the way by one of Mugabe’s sons during the fracas and subsequently suffered a miscarriage. times


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