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Grace Mugabe's R45m Johannesburg Mansion

The Zimbabwean first lady has reportedly bought a luxury pad in Sandhurst.

17/08/2017 06:59 SAST | Updated 17/08/2017 07:00 SAST
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaks with his wife Grace during a rally in Marondera, Zimbabwe, June 2, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first lady and the woman accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model in South Africa, has reportedly purchased a R45 million mansion in Johannesburg, The Star reported on Thursday.

She bought the 9249 square-metre property in Sandhurst through a shelf company in February. A property expert reportedly told The Star that the property was transferred to Grace Mugabe in May.

The property reportedly has a summer house, six reception rooms, four bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a koi pond and a two bedroomed cottage pool.

The property was reportedly guarded by Zimbabwean security guards this week. Grace also reportedly rented a R25 million mansion in Sandhurst on a year's lease earlier this year.

Political analyst Brian Raftopoulos told The Star that Grace's recent property shopping showed she was "uncertain about her future". Grace has reportedly spent a lot of time in South Africa since her family left their R500 000-per-month Dubai home.

Last year, Grace reportedly bought a R58 million mansion in Harare.

On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe arrived in South Africa in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid a diplomatic fallout over the assault charges his wife is facing.