South Africa’s African National Congress – ANC Western Cape province has been hit by enormous crisis lately, but reports said that the president is set to make the crisis a history. President Zuma has risen to bring peace between the warring factions in the party. The province’s executive committee is also set to listen to the party’s riot acts, which would be read by the president.
The ANC is ready to address two vital problems rocking the party. It would be recalled that two high-ranking officials of the party were stepped aside following some charges leveled against them.
Marius Frasman, who was Western Cape chairman was stepped down following a sexual harassment allegations laid against him. Fransman allegedly harassed his personal assistant in January. The woman opened a case with North West police where she alleged the incident took place on their way to Rustenburg, while they were travelling to attend the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations. However, Fransman remains aside until the police concludes investigation into the matter.
Also, a charge was laid against the secretary of the province. Faiez Jacobs, who was elected in June 2015. He was charged for dragging the name of the party into the mud by allegedly assaulting a researcher at the party’s office in December.
However, Buzzsouthafrica gathered that while Jacob’s case was being looked into during a meeting, his case suffered a setback because his representative blew up a lot of dust regarding the legitimacy of the people appointed to judge the matter. Reports said, “even before the charges were read to him, his representative raised a technical argument that the presenters leading the case against Jacobs were not properly appointed”. Jacobs was sanctioned last December and has barely settled down after his suspension, before unleashing a bloody assault on Seale.
Meanwhile, the assaulted researcher Wesley Seale is positive that justice would take its course in the matter. He took to the social media and posted on his Facebook timeline,
“The matter was struck down because of a technicality. The decision had nothing to do with the merits of the case. There is still a case to be answered.
“There is a case to be answered. If anything, I will continue to defend the rights of the accused in this matter. This serious matter demands a fair process with integrity…”
Seale, was allegedly assaulted by Faiez Jacob “for not writing an organisational report.” He later lodged a complain at the Cape Town Central police station. Seale, is believed to have received seven stitches to his left ear following the incidence.
However, it would be remembered that in December 2012, during the 53rd national conference of the ANC in Mangaung, Free State, the party unanimously resolved to step down officials accused of any sort of crime. However, such officials would be reinstated when they must have cleaned their names off the black books.
Reactions and comments have trailed the internal crisis rocking South Africa’s governing party. The party election campaign chairman, Malusi Gigaba, has admitted that the party is experiencing difficult times. But he however believes that the challenges would be looked into before election by the president.