Godongwana denies claims of sexual assault, labels it a smear campaign

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
PHOTO: Brenton Geach/Getty Images
  • Enoch Godongwana has denied sexually assaulting a masseuse while on holiday in Mpumalanga.
  • He has admitted to being in the area where the alleged assault took place.
  • The minister has labelled the allegation a smear campaign.

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has denied allegations of sexual assault in a late-night statement on Thursday evening.

"I am relieved to have finally been contacted by the police and given the opportunity to hear what I am being accused of," the statement read.

READ | Godongwana's fate in limbo as docket in sexual assault case heads to NPA

Godongwana is accused of sexually assaulting a masseuse at a Kruger National Park hotel, while on vacation in Skukuza earlier this month.

On Thursday, police contacted the minister for his version of events.

READ | Cops contact Godongwana, ask for his side of the story after sexual assault claims

In the statement, Godongwana called the allegations "deeply concerning" and said he had confirmed to police that he was in the Kruger National Park area on 9 August, when the alleged incident occurred. The police have issued him with a warning statement.

"I repeated my previous assertion that I in no way or at any time inappropriately touched, sexually harassed, or assaulted anyone."

He denied knowing the complainant or bribing her.

Godongwana claimed the allegations were a smear campaign "fashioned to achieve narrow and selfish political ends".

He added:

I take the allegations very seriously. I do not subscribe to the abuse of women. It is terrible and hurtful for any woman to be on the receiving end of such a traumatic experience.

He said he had appeared before the ANC's integrity commission, at his request, on Wednesday.

Godongwana added that he would continue his duties as finance minister.

The ANC Women's League said it noted with grave concern that a case of sexual assault had been laid against Godongwana.

"We call on the law enforcement to deal with the case swiftly and with utmost effectiveness as possible (sic). Our country has increasingly become an unsafe place for women. It is unacceptable that every day there are reports of acts of gender-based violence and femicide being committed against women," the organisation said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 501 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
82% - 6171 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
11% - 811 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.