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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe was in South Africa on Thursday as his wife faced accusations of assaulting a young model and police said a "red alert" had been issued to prevent her from leaving the country.

Mugabe, 94, flew into Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria with his entourage late Wednesday night, apparently to help his wife with the scandal. He arrived early for a regional summit of southern African nations to be held this weekend.

South Africa's Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula said all borders have been notified to prevent Grace Mugabe from leaving the country before the matter is resolved, according to the African News Agency.

"The SAPS (South Africa Police Service) have already put tabs in the borders in relation to her (Mugabe) leaving the country so there is no question about that. The red alert has been put," Mbalula told reporters in Pretoria.

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