Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman has lashed out at ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, accusing him of intimidating activists like Lungisa.
The war of words between Fransman and Mantashe took yet another turn after the suspended leader emerged from the political wilderness to bat for President Jacob Zuma’s anointed one – Andile Lungisa – who was ordered by ANC top six to step down on Thursday, March 23.
Yesterday, Fransman, apparently emboldened by President Zuma’s explicit support of Lungisa posted a long Facebook testimonial in support of Lungisa, telling him to stay put and not despair in the face of the humiliating experience.
“Today my status go to a very young highly intelligent, very pragmatic, very grounded, analytical and visionary young man that held very senior positions at a young age including Deputy President of the YL, President of the Pan-African Youth, and now Chairperson of a region – comrade Andile Lungisa….,” an embattled Fransman wrote.
In response to Fransman’s support, Mantashe told Fransman on Thursday, to “go sell ice-cream”.
Responding to Mantashe’s “ice-cream” comment on Friday, the suspended leader hit back at Mantashe publicly, calling on the ANC NEC to take note of the serious transgressions by Gwede Mantashe in the name of the office of the secretary-general.
“I will go sell ice-cream IF comrade Gwede Mantashe can stop allowing that brand ANC going down under his custodianship.
Now comrade Mantashe must know, in the coloured community where I grew up, ice-cream selling was not a crime. In fact many of the professionals of South Africa today was built on the sweat and hardship of those men and women that sold ice-cream in our communities for a living! So VIVA to the ice-cream sellers,” he wrote.
He also accused the ruling party’s SG of sheltering party members convicted of crimes or are facing charges in court, mentioning Boland secretary Jonton Snyman who was found guilty of fraud, and provincial secretary Faez Jacobs who’s accused of assaulting a former ANC staffer as examples.
Fransman was suspended by the ANC last over allegations of sexual assault against his former worker. He has consistently maintained that he is innocent, that the charges lodged by the young woman were part of an “orchestrated” campaign by his “political enemies”. Politically, Fransman is dead meat although he is determined and has been fighting to have his suspension overruled.