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Zimbabwe's first lady accused of assault in South Africa

Grace Mugabe is accused of attacking a young woman with an extension cord. Credit: AP

The wife of Zimbabwe's president Grace Mugabe has been accused of beating a 21-year-year-old woman with an extension cord after finding the model in a hotel room with two of her sons.

The Zimbabwean first lady reportedly handed herself in to South African police over accusations that she attacked Gabriella Engels in a fit of rage, according to the local eNCA television station.

Ms Engels posted a photo of a deep gash to her forehead which she said was inflicted by Mrs Mugabe as her bodyguards looked on.

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Mrs Mugabe, 52, is understood to have got into an altercation with Ms Engels while in South Africa to get treatment for an ankle injury.

Ms Engels said that the Zimbabwean politician had flown into a rage after discovering her in the company of two of her sons, Robert Peter Mugabe Jr. and Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe.

"My two friends and I were beat up in a room with 10+ men leaving her to do it," she wrote on Twitter.

"Rob jnr was put out of the hotel room and Bellermine ran away."

The model told News 24 that she had to "crawl out of the room" to escape.

Gabriella Engels reported the alleged assault to South African police. Credit: Facebook/Gabriella Engels

Ms Engels said she had suffered multiple injuries to her head and body in the attack.

Mr Mugabe's ZANU-PF party confirmed there had been fracas involving Mrs Mugabe but claimed that she has been attacked.

A police spokesman, Vishnu Naidoo, later said no arrest had been made and police were talking with the suspect's lawyers. He would not name the suspect.

It was unclear whether Mrs Mugabe would qualify for diplomatic immunity if charges are brought against her.

There was no immediate comment by Zimbabwe's government or ruling party.