South Africa’s finance chief Godongwana to keep office despite assault complaint

(Bloomberg) — South Africa’s finance minister, Enoch Godongwana, plans to continue in office, after police informed him that a criminal sexual assault complaint has been filed against him.

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Godongwana reiterated his denial of the allegation in a statement on Thursday. He also denied another claim that he tried to silence the complainant by bribing her.

“As Minister of Finance under the privilege of President Cyril Ramaphosa, I would like to state that I personally intend to continue in office, focusing on the essential tasks of revitalizing our economy and protecting the tax authorities. “, said Godongwana.

Godongwana, who was appointed chief financial officer in August last year, was accused of sexual harassment by a Kruger National Park employee who provided massage services to guests in their rooms. The minister’s office issued a statement denying the allegation on August 13, a position it reiterated to police.

“I repeated my previous assertion that I had not touched, sexually harassed or inappropriately assaulted anyone at any time,” he said.

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