Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe returned from South Africa early today, state media reported, after a 20-year-old model accused her of assault in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room. South African police had placed border posts on “red alert” to prevent her from leaving the country, but the international relations minister granted the wife of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe diplomatic immunity.
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PEARL Thusi continues to cement her superstar status. The international actress and media personality was recently revealed as the first face of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, on at the V&A Waterfront from October 12 to 21. Formerly known as the Cape Town and Winelands International Film Festival, the event is now in its 10th year, with this being the first year that organisers have appointed an ambassador.
Johannesburg: The South African operations of Lakshmi Mittal's global steel empire, Arcelor-Mittal SA , has announced that it may have to retrench staff as part of restructuring plans amid growing losses. The proposal, comes barely days after Arcelor-Mittal SA's black economic empowerment partner Likamva Resources said it was willing to increase its 17 per cent stake in Africa's biggest steel producer despite its loss-making record.
Local media reported that Grace Mugabe was expected to attend a regional summit with her husband in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, in what would be her first public appearance since the alleged assault Sunday night. Zimbabwe's government has requested diplomatic immunity for the first lady, who has not commented on the allegation that she whipped 20-year-old model Gabriella Engels with an extension cord.
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