Minister Of Finance Enoch Godongwana Refuses To Step Down Amid Rape Allegations

Minister Of Finance Enoch Godongwana Refuses To Step Down Amid Rape Allegations

Enoch Godongwana, Minister of Finance, has stated that the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him are nothing more than a smear campaign.

Godongwana has been involved in a sexual assault scandal in which he is accused of sexually harassing a masseuse. The incident allegedly occurred earlier this month at a Kruger National Park hotel while the Minister was on vacation.

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Following a request from the National Prosecuting Authority for a warning statement, police finally interrogated the Finance Minister on Thursday.

Godongwana admits to being in the Kruger National Park area on August 9th, when the alleged incident occurred.

He did, however, emphasize that he never touched, sexually harassed, or assaulted anyone. In fact, he said in a statement Thursday night that he doesn’t even know the complainant. He also denies that he attempted to silence the complainant.

“I reject with contempt the allegation that I have attempted to silence the complainant by bribing her. As I informed the police, the identity of the complainant is unknown to me. These allegations are unfounded. In the interest of justice, I reiterate my wish that this matter be expedited,” Godongwana said.

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“It is unfortunate that these allegations are being used as nothing more than a smear against me, fashioned to achieve narrow and selfish political ends,” he said.

Since the allegations were made public over the weekend, political parties and organizations have called for the Minister to resign. That, however, is not going to happen. Godongwana says he will continue to serve his portfolio as President Cyril Ramaphosa has entrusted it to him.

“While I serve as Minister of Finance at the privilege of President Cyril Ramaphosa, I wish to state that I personally intend on continuing with executing my duties by focusing on the critical tasks of revitalising our economy and protecting the fiscus.”

Godongwana is relieved that the police have finally contacted him. This gave him the opportunity to be heard on the charges against him. “I am also glad to have the opportunity to place my denial on record.

“I take the allegations very seriously. As such, I am looking forward to the necessary legal processes unfolding. It is in the interests of all those involved for the matter to be resolved speedily, with due regard for the dignity and privacy of the complainant and myself,” said Godongwana.

The sexual assault charges against him were discussed at the ANC’s integrity commission meeting on Wednesday. Godongwana claims he submitted himself to the party’s integrity commission at his request.

“I did this because I am painfully aware of the damage that the allegations have caused to the organisation which I have served for close to four decades, as well as for the need to be forthright and transparent.”

“As I have said before, I have always upheld and respected the rights and dignity of women, and these allegations go against everything I stand for. As a public official leading a critical government department, I take the allegations very seriously.”

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