Louisa Wynand, the young woman who accused ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman of harassing her sexually has reacted to the politician’s punishment.
Speaking in a statement, Wynand praised the ANC for handling the matter dispassionately.
She said that Marius’ punishment has relieved her to a large extent, adding that her family has also found joy with the disciplinary action the ANC took.
She seized the opportunity to advise promiscuous men to quit taking advantage of young women in the country. Wynand disclosed that she is still gathering the pieces of her life after the incident. She prayed that no woman in the country will experience what she passed through.
“I am especially relieved for my family who has been my constant pillar and support structure throughout this time. This is one small step on our road to victory. No woman in this country should go through the abuse I suffered,” Wynand said.
The ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee on Thursday announced that Marius Fransman has been suspended for five years for his sexual misconduct.
The committee found the now-former WC provincial chairperson guilty on two counts of misconduct. First, the committee said it found that Mr. Fransman abused his office when he attempted to obtain sexual favour from Louisa Wynand. Secondly, he was found guilty of making public statements which brought the ANC into disrepute.
The Committee categorically stressed that discipline is the glue that holds the ANC together, adding that “there is no room in the ANC for leaders and members, irrespective of position or seniority, who show scant regard for the values and objectives of the party.”
In the meantime, the axed leader has accused ANC Mantashe-faction of working tirelessly to get rid of certain people in the party. He said he would appeal the committee’s decision, adding that everything seems like a joke to him.