The EFF expresses disgust at the decision of the ANC to reinstate Marius Fransman as party leader in the Western Cape despite all evidence that he has sexually harassed his assistant.
This decision demonstrates that in the ANC, those who undermine women, who use their positions of power to sexually harass and violate women get protected and promoted to even share the stage with the president.
Fransman’s re-emergence into public space was right next to Zuma which serves as a clear validation of his position despite the sexual harassment case. The EFF is not shocked though that it is Zuma who personally went to exhume Fransman out of the sexual harassment shame he was being subjected to.
This is because Zuma himself shares the same attitude of misogyny, patriarchal dominance and sexism that led Fransman to sexually harass his assistant. In essence, Zuma and Fransman share a anti-women sexism bond which characterizes many in the ANC leadership. Zuma is able to overlook what Fransman did because Zuma is the number one sexist in our country.
Reinstating Fransman must demonstrate to all women and feminists that the ANC has no interests of advancing a women emancipation agenda. Women who get sexually harassed by ANC big wigs will never report such crimes anymore because they do not get protected and supported, neither do they get justice.
Instead their offenders, like Fransman, get to be endorsed by the head of the party. Victims of sexual abuse have no support, whist perpetrators get to be publicly validated, sharing the stage with the President.
Through this act alone, the ANC today has also validated and contributed to the culture of rape that has crippled many of our private and public spaces everywhere.
At the center of the promotion of rape culture is precisely that perpetrators of sexual offences get celebrated. And, a sense that reporting them is futile has been reaffirmed by the ANC as nothing happens to them.
This is why many women who are raped and sexually harassed never speak out. Because, there is always a Zuma who undermines them and promotes, protects and celebrates their offenders.
There is truly nothing progress left in the ANC. Today they have single handedly undermined the struggle for women emancipation and South Africa must punish them for that.