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Zimbabweans in London react to news Robert Mugabe has been placed under house arrest
Zimbabwean citizens in London react to the arrest of President Robert Mugabe

Grace Mugabe's son 'faces eviction'

The stepson of Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe is facing eviction from his home over claims he failed to pay rent for over three years.

Businessman Russell Goreraza, who is Grace Mugabe's son from her first marriage, is accused of owing his landlords $65,801 (£49,569) in rent arrears for the property in the capital Harare's upmarket suburb of Highlands.

Lawyers for the property's owners - the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council - have applied to the High Court to evict Mr Goreraza. In their legal application their lawyers state:

The claim is for the eviction of the defendant (Goreraza) and all those claiming occupation through him and payment of the sum of US$65,801 being arrear rentals payable between the parties.

In breach of terms of agreement, the defendant failed to pay rentals from March 2015 to March 2018. Despite demands, the defendant failed to, refused or neglected to pay the arrear rentals."

Grace Mugabe's assault immunity challenged

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

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Afrikaner lobby group Afriforum is heading to court to challenge a decision by the previous South African government to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Zimbabwe’s former first lady is accused of assaulting model Gabriella Engels with an electric cord at an upmarket Johannesburg hotel, where her two sons were staying, in August last year.

Mrs Mugabe was expected to appear in court over the incident, but, in a controversial turn of events, the South African government granted her diplomatic immunity which allowed her to leave the country in the middle of the night.

The lobby group AfriForum, which is representing Mrs Mugabe’s alleged assault victim, wants the high court to annul the diplomatic immunity from prosecution granted to the former Zimbabwean first lady.

Mrs Mugabe has denied attacking the model and said she was defending herself from a knife wielding and intoxicated young woman.

The application by AfriForum will be heard over two days and, if successful, it would pave the way for South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority to resume legal action against Mrs Mugabe.