The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed deep concern about rusticated ANC leader, Fransman Marius, who has been facing difficult times in his political career after he allegedly harassed a young woman sexually.
According to the opposition, the Western Cape ANC has been working tirelessly to secretly fix Fransman back to his position, hence, the reason why its ethics committee is yet to publicize findings against him.
DA Western Cape deputy leader Bonginkosi Madikizela who spoke on Thursday said, “there has been no explanation on why the charges against Fransman were dropped and whether he will be reinstated as the Western Cape chairman.
The DA believes the ANC is trying to sneak him in through the back door and that is why they have yet to reveal their ethics committee’s findings against him.”
However, the ANC has since dismissed the claims, describing them as ’empty politicking’ and accused the DA in the Western Cape of using Fransman as the centre of its campaign for the local government elections on August 3.
The party’s provincial spokesperson Yonela Diko asserted that the party is still waiting for direction from its national executive committee.
“Until then, there is no change on the well-known position of the chairperson, that is, being asked to step aside,” he said.
Also, another member of the ruling party, Madikizela related that presently, there is no clarity on whether Fransman would return to his position or whether he is still a member of the provincial legislature.
Fransman Marius’s Political Career Hampered
Fransman Marius, who was ANC’s provincial leader saw his political career crash like a pack of cards after his 20-year-old personal assistance, who was working at a wine estate before she met Fransman accused him of rape.
According to the young woman, she was assaulted on their way to ANC’s 104 birthday celebration in Rustenburg in the North West. It was gathered that Fransman told the lady to be at ease with his advances if she truly wants the job.
However, the lady maintained in her docket that, “she told him [Fransman] that she does not feel comfortable and he said it would be her challenge to overcome if she wants to make a success out of her career and needs to be clinical and cold about it.”
She later summoned courage and approached the North West and laid a complaint against Fransman with the Sun City police.
Fransman was subsequently asked to step down earlier in the year pending an outcome of an investigation into the sexual harassment charges against him.
However, last month, the National Prosecuting Authority decided to drop the charges due to a lack of evidence.
Reacting, the former provincial leader asserted that he was confident the ANC’s national leadership would support his return. “I have full confidence in the national executive to correct this travesty of justice.
I hope this saga can soon be over so that I can assess, as the elected provincial leader, the damages caused by this faction in the province.”
He expressly added that he’ll be back in office to steer the party in the lead-up to the August 3 local elections.