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

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana.
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana.
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  • Detectives have asked Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana for a statement after a case of sexual assault was opened against him. 
  • Godongwana said he spoke to detectives who asked him for his version of events. 
  • He also confirmed he met with the ANC's integrity committee on Wednesday.

Detectives grilled Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana on Thursday on his version of events after a sexual assault case was opened against him, News24 understands.

This after police said they had been asked to obtain a warning statement from him prior to a decision on whether to charge him or not.

Speaking to News24 on Thursday, Godongwana said: "I can confirm the police have contacted me today [Thursday]."

He refused to divulge further details on his engagement with the police.

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

Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the docket involving an allegation of sexual assault against a "prominent person" was returned to the police by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), with instructions a warning statement should be obtained.

"We have been instructed to obtain a warning statement from the person who the allegations have been made against." 

Mohlala said earlier police had taken all necessary statements.

He added: 
We have gotten all the necessary statements without divulging what we have. We have taken it to the NPA on Monday, and we are waiting for the green light from them.

Mohlala has since said the docket had been returned to the police, with instructions to "obtain a warning statement from the prominent person".

"We will get the statement on availability of that person, if he is around, because we don't know where he is," he added. 

This after a staff member at the hotel opened a case of sexual assault against Godongwana, claiming he had assaulted her while she was giving him a massage in his room. 

The woman said Godongwana allegedly fondled her during the massage.

He has denied any wrongdoing. 

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Earlier, NPA Mpumalanga spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said they were yet to receive the docket, but Mohlala said it had been returned to the police for further action.

A warning statement is routine in police investigations and comes before the special public prosecutor decides on whether the person will be charged. 

It is alleged an employee at Skukuza, who was offering massage services to guests in their rooms, opened the case against the minister.

In a statement, Godongwana denied the allegation.

"I have always upheld and respected the rights and dignity of women, and this allegation goes against everything I stand for," he said on Saturday. 

The ANC Women's League has since said it noted with grave concern the case of sexual assault against Godongwana.

"We call on the law enforcement to deal with the case swiftly and with outmost effectiveness as possible. 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."

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