African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

A South African minister has criticised African leaders who seek medical treatment abroad. Aaron Motsoaledi condemned “health tourism” while speaking in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe, who frequently receives treatment in Singapore, had left the meeting of health ministers when Dr Motsoaledi made the comments. Mr Mugabe’s spokesman has said that the president’s doctor “is not only Zimbabwean, he is actually black… He is very, very, very black”. George Charamba made those comments to Zimbabwe’s state-run…

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‘Red alert’ to stop Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

‘Red alert’ to stop Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

Police have put out a red alert to stop Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assault, from leaving South Africa. She is alleged to have assaulted a 20-year-old model who was in a hotel room with her two sons in Johannesburg. Gabriella Engels claims she was beaten with an extension cord and posted a picture on Twitter showing a gash on her forehead. Image: Ms Engels appeared at a press conference with…

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Grace Mugabe requests diplomatic immunity in assault case

Grace Mugabe requests diplomatic immunity in assault case

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe is requesting diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police say. The wife of leader Robert Mugabe failed to appear at a police station on Tuesday to answer charges she hit Gabriella Engles with an extension cord, authorities claimed. Ms Engels was visiting the first lady’s sons in a hotel room in an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg when she alledges the assault happened. She later…

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Grace Mugabe ‘challenges’ husband to name successor

Grace Mugabe ‘challenges’ husband to name successor

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has “challenged” her husband to name his successor so as to end the factional fighting in the governing Zanu-PF party, state broadcaster ZBC reports. President Robert Mugabe, 93, is set to run again in next year’s election thereby extending his 37-year rule. But discussions about who will come after him have threatened to split his party. Mrs Mugabe was talking to members of Zanu-PF’s women’s league when she said that…

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