The ANC western Cape leader Marius Fransman‚ who was asked to step aside from being the provincial party leader has been reinstated.
Fransman was reinstated months after a sexual harassment scandal that almost lay to waste his political ambition.
This was revealed after he surprised many observers and made an unexpected appearance in Philippi‚ on the Cape Flats‚ with other ANC leaders to welcome President Jacob Zuma.
His return was as well confirmed by Water Affairs and Sanitation Minister as well as National Executive Committee member and head of ANC campaigns, Nomvula Mokonyane who said on Thursday: “He is back in the ANC as a chair. The issues have been resolved.”
President Jacob Zuma arrived Cape Town to remind the people of the need to support the party in the coming local government elections and Fransman was seen giving the president a warm welcome with a smile all over his face.
This is the first time that he has taken part in a high-profile ANC event since his absent in the party’s political picture as he stayed away following alleged sexual harassment of his private assistant‚ Louisa Wynand‚ who accompanied him to the party’s birthday celebrations in Rustenburg.
Though the party has fully accepted him back as Western Cape Leader, the police are still investigating a charge of sexual harassment opened by Wynand and the ANC also conducted an internal investigation into the incident.
Fransman seems not deterred by the huge allegations against him. He publicly welcomed President Zuma to Cape Town on Thursday with a hearty hand shake wearing an ANC t-shirt featuring a photograph of Zuma with the words‚ “Vote ANC”.
Fransman says it is real business time for party leaders, with less than two weeks to go before the elections
“I am here to support (Xolani) Sotashe as the mayoral candidate.”
“There’s 15 days left, I think, and we must all work hard to make sure the ANC is victorious everywhere in the Western Cape.”
Mokonyane said that the Western Cape Leader Fransman would resume his full duties as of Thursday though she said she had no details about the ANC integrity commission report.