Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Police in Mpumalanga are preparing to obtain a "warning statement" from Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana after a charge of sexual assault was opened against him.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the docket involving an allegation of sexual assault against a "prominent person" was returned to the police by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), with instructions that a warning statement should be obtained.
"We have been instructed to obtain a warning statement from the person who the allegations have been made against," he said.
Mohlala said earlier that police had taken all statements necessary for the matter.
"We have gotten all the necessary statements without divulging what we have. We have taken it to the NPA on Monday, and we are waiting for the green light from them," he said.
He has since said that the docket had been returned to the police, with instructions to "obtain a warning statement from the prominent person".
"We will get the statement on availability of that person, if he is around, because we don't know where he is," Mohlala said.
This development comes after a staff member at a Kruger National Park vacation spot opened a case of sexual assault against Godongwana, claiming that he had assaulted her while she was giving him a massage in his room.
The woman claims that Godongwana fondled her during the massage.
Godongwana has denied any wrongdoing.
Earlier, NPA Mpumalanga spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said they were yet to receive the docket, but Mohlala said it had been returned to the police for further action.
A warning statement is routine in police investigations and comes before the special public prosecutor decides on whether the person will be charged.
It is alleged that an employee at Skukuza, who was offering massage services to guests in their rooms, opened the case against the minister.
Godongwana said in a statement that he categorically denied the allegation.
"I have always upheld and respected the rights and dignity of women, and this allegation goes against everything I stand for," he said on Saturday.
The ANC Women's League has since said it noted with grave concern the case of sexual assault against Godongwana.
"We call on the law enforcement to deal with the case swiftly and with outmost effectiveness as possible. Our country has increasingly become an unsafe place for women. It is unacceptable that every day there are reports of acts of gender-based violence and femicide being committed against women."