Grace Mugabe has spent millions on properties in South Africa in apparent preparation for a bolt hole amid rising tensions about who will succeed her husband, Robert Mugabe, as president of Zimbabwe.
Documents seen by The Telegraph show that Mrs Mugabe, who is currently facing allegations that she beat up a woman in Johannesburg, recently spent about £4 million on a mansion in one of south Africa’s richest suburbs.
Property advertisements for the opulent four-bedroom home said it had “rolling lawns, a summer house, koi pond and six reception rooms.”
At 9249 sq m it is nearly double the size of most other properties in the exclusive suburb of Johannesburg, which is home to some of South Africa’s richest families and tycoons from oil rich parts of Africa, such as Angola and Nigeria.
Real estate industry sources said Mrs Mugabe was also believed to be interested in another property nearby valued at about £5 million.