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South Africa’s finance minister denies assault allegations against him

Minister Enoch Godongwana denies allegations against him over an alleged sexual harassment case after media reports.

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Reports in the media claimed that South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, had inappropriately touched a female employee while on the job at the Kruger National Park in the province of Mpumalanga. Minister Godongwana has since rejected these claims.

Godongwana’s spokesperson Mfuneko Toyana has stated that the minister’s wife was there at the purported incident, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the allegations against him are false.

South African news outlet EWN reported that Toyana has said the minister “would refrain from making any further statements” until he has received an official complaint or correspondence from the Police.

Godongwana allegedly sexually harassed a park massage therapist, according to the lawsuit. In order to protect the identity of “a famous individual,” the provincial police have begun an investigation.