[LISTEN] 20-year-old SA woman traumatised by Grace Mugabe's assault

Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old South African model in a Sandton hotel.

Read: Police apparently mulling over warrant of arrest after Grace Mugabe a no-show

The young woman was reportedly spending time with Mugabe’s two adult sons when their mother walked in with an extension cord and just started beating her with it.

Gabriella Engels says she didn't know who Grace was when she stormed the hotel room and started beating her up.

She says she met Mugabe's son Bellarmine for the first time on Saturday and didn't know who he was prior to meeting him.

She says she opened an assault case against Mugabe.

Read: Words you’ll hear: Grace Mugabe's latest nickname

I am spending time with family and trying to deal with what happened. I am not ready to go out in public yet, I am still traumatised.

Gabriella Engels, assault victim

There are a few tweets that says I am dating one of Mugabe's sons, which I am not.

Gabriella Engels, assault victim

I am not a hooker, I was just chilling with a mutual friend that knows them.

Gabriella Engels, assault victim

I don't know how far this case will go but I just want my voice to be heard because what she did wasn't right.

Gabriella Engels, assault victim

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