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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga was not informed about the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to drop the sexual harassment case against Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana, Sunday Times reports.

A spa worker at Kruger National Park accused Godongwana of sexually assaulting her during his stay in Skukuza. She claims she was giving the minister a massage in his room when the incident occurred.

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According to Sunday Times, both police and the NPA were in disagreement on how to continue with the matter after the 23-year-old dropped her case against Enoch Godongwana.

Godongwana has maintained his innocence, denying the incident ever took place.

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

SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala is quoted as having told the publication: “The docket is still with the NPA and we are not aware that the NPA said it is not prosecuting. They will probably send the docket back to us on Monday, giving reasons.”

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Godongwana has also been accused of trying to bribe the woman who lodged a criminal complaint against him with R250 000 so that she drops the case.

There have been growing calls for the minister to face the axe, in the wake of the sexual harassment allegation, including from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

“If the State President, Cyril Ramaphosa could just uphold his oath of office, he would have fired Enoch Godongwana,” the party said.

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