It’s really getting hotter in the camp of The African National Congress (ANC).
This time, the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has reviled the party’s head of elections, Nomvula Mokonyane, for disclosing to the media that Western Cape leader Marius Fransman has been reinstated.
The beleaguered spin doctor described ANC bigwigs as a bunch of “ill-disciplined” fellows for endorsing Fransman.
He said: “Marius was asked to step aside after [a] national working committee [meeting]; so now the integrity commission has completed its work.
It has recommended the case be given to the disciplinary committee; he hasn’t appeared before the committee yet. Until then, he can’t return to his position.”
WC Leader Marius Fransman Must Follow Due Process Before Reinstatement
Mantashe made it clear to all and sundry that Zuma “cannot endorse Fransman” as “there is no decision to reinstate him to the position.”
He said before the embattled leader would be reinstated, he must be disciplined; not only that, he must also appear in the relevant party structures.
“We do not hate him. There is no reason to hate him. He must be disciplined and loyal. We have no control over the disciplinary structures.
The disciplinary committee will move as swiftly as possible. Organisations take decision structurally; they don’t just jump and take decisions,” the spin doctor added.
Last Thursday, ANC’s head of elections, Mokonyane, told reporters that Fransman has been re-instated.
“He is here, he is working. He is back as the party leader. Nothing has changed,” she said.
The validity of her disclosure was further authenticated the same day; when Fransman was spotted at the side of President Jacob Zuma campaigning in the ANC’s election areas of Philippi, Khayelitsha and Delft.
Surprisingly, WC leader Marius Fransman issued a statement on Saturday stating that he has assumed his “duties and responsibilities again”.
“I have never ceased to be the Western Cape ANC leader since my election to the office. I have voluntarily stepped aside to allow the integrity commission to conclude its work without interference.
I’m now assuming my duties and responsibilities again at the conclusion of that process. My prolonged absence was only the result of a poorly managed internal process,” he said.
A sexual harassment charge was laid against him by a 21-year-old Louisa Wynand earlier this year.
According to the young woman, the ANC leader harassed her while they were travelling to Rustenburg for ANC’s celebrations on January 8.