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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

Godongwana ‘categorically denies’ claims of sexual assault

In a statement Godongwana says he's aware that a case of sexual harassment has been lodged against him in Skukuza, Mpumalanga

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has denied any claims of sexual assault.

The minister released a statement on Saturday saying he is aware that a case of sexual harassment has been lodged against him in Skukuza, Mpumalanga.

It is alleged that the incident occurred in his hotel room.

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Godongwana says the claims were made a week ago.

“It appears that the case was opened almost a week after Minister Godongwana concluded his private visit to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. The Minister has been informed that the case was opened by an employee at Skukuza who was offering massage \services to guests in their rooms.”

The statement further says at the time of the alleged incident, Godongwana was in his room together with his wife, who said there is no basis for the allegations.

“I have always upheld and respected the rights and dignity of women, and this allegation goes against everything I stand for,” Godongwana said.

Godongwana says he has not yet received official communication from the police and cannot comment further.

School caretaker found guilty of rape and sexual assault

In a seperate incident, a school caretaker in the North West has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two learners at the school he works at, and has since been dismissed.

The incidents involved siblings, both minors and sexually assaulted on separate incidents. The first incident occurred in 2015.

It is alleged that after the failure by the principal and the School Governing Body to act against the caretaker, he then sexually assaulted the other sibling, and incident happened in 2017.

It is believed that the second incident was an act of vengeance against his first victim for reporting him.

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