Their departure follows high-level discussions in South Africa to grant her diplomatic immunity after a hotel rampage that saw Grace assault a woman and hotel staff in Sandton‚ Johannesburg.
It appears that the South African government has indeed granted her immunity.
Mugabe, accused of attacking a 20-year-old model, returned “in the early hours of this morning” along with her husband when he flew back from a summit of the Southern African Development Community in South Africa, public broadcaster ZBC reported.
“President Robert Mugabe, accompanied by the first lady … arrived on an Air Zimbabwe flight in Harare very early,” the broadcaster said.
The president had flown to South Africa on Wednesday to attend a two-day regional leaders’ summit in Pretoria which began on Saturday — which she had also been expected to attend.
But he appeared to have cut short his visit, skipping the second day of talks among leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South African police had said they were on high alert to make sure that Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife did not leave the country with officials reportedly weighing up whether to issue an arrest warrant.
Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Clayson Monyela did not answer any phone calls made to him by TimesLIVE‚ and when sent text questions on the matter Monyela only responded on Sunday with‚ “Please speak to SAPS”.
Monyela’s counterpart at the SA Police Service‚ Sally De Beer‚ was no more forthcoming‚ saying that she has never commented on the matter and referred TimesLIVE to her colleague at the police service‚ Vishnu Naidoo.
When TimesLIVE contacted Naidoo for clarity on the matter we were met with the following recorded response: “Good day. If you are looking for information on the Sandton assault GBH case‚ until something significant develops I have nothing more to add.”
The first lady is alleged to have assaulted Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cable on August 13 at the hotel where the model was staying with Mugabe’s two sons who have a reputation for partying.
Engels said she suffered deep cuts to her forehead and the back of her head and has opened a police case alleging assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
But Grace Mugabe has not been seen since the allegations were made and failed to appear at the Pretoria summit.
Mugabe has a history of violence- she’s assaulted journalists in Singapore, a photographer in Hong Kong, airport staff in Malaysia and another journalist in Dubai.
The Sunday Times reports that a waitress at Capital 20 West lost her baby after Robert Mugabe Jnr pushed her out of his way in a bid to escape Grace Mugabe’s latest violent rampage.
“Grace did hit staff members … She was hitting everyone – her sons, their friends, the girls and staff members.”