Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe is unlikely to seek refuge in South Africa should her embattled husband Robert Mugabe be ousted from power, despite her strong links with SA.
Grace, who was born in Benoni on Gauteng's East Rand 52 years ago, is rumoured to be the owner of a R45-million mansion in the affluent northern Johannesburg suburb of Sandhurst.
The couple's eldest son Robert Jnr, 25, is an architecture student at the University of Johannesburg. Their younger one, Bellarmine Chitunga, 21, is also based in SA.
It is likely then that should she seek refuge from a Zimbabwe that is no longer hospitable to her, she might consider moving to the country of her birth and a place where she spent part of her childhood. After all, it is probably the only place in the region that can indulge her penchant for expensive shopping sprees.
The only thing that militates against that decision is the fact that she could face prosecution for assaulting young model Gabriella Engels at a Sandton hotel in August. Both the DA and the Afrikaner interests lobby group AfriForum have mounted a challenge to the government's decision to grant her immunity, which allowed her to leave the country after the alleged assault.
David Munyae, a political analyst based at the University of Johannesburg, said the Zimbabwean first lady was unlikely to settle in South Africa as she wouldn't want to attract a lot of attention to herself.