Embattled Fransman Not Willing To Go Down Alone, Guns For Mantashe


Suspended member of the African National Congress and Western Cape ANC leader, Marius Fransman has laid a charge against party secretary-General, Gwede Matashe saying he spearheaded the decision that saw his recent suspension.

Fransman, who is currently serving a 5 year suspension from his party, ridiculed the party’s disciplinary process that found him guilty, saying it was driven by a factional agenda and that he was challenging its outcome.

As his fight with the ruling party intensifies, Fransman accused the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) of applying double standards while he pointed at Mantashe as the ringleader of a “regime change agenda”

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According to him, the NDC had failed to sanction Mantashe when allegations of sexual harassment were reported against him last year.

“The disciplinary process must not have eyes. It must not be selective by having one set of rules for one individual and another for others,” Fransman told The Star on Sunday.

“Was Mantashe not supposed to appear before a disciplinary committee? He holds a high office. He pushed an agenda against me but is not prepared to face the music (himself),” lamented Fransman, who described the allegations against him as a political ploy to tarnish his image.

Marius Fransman, however, maintained that comrade Mantashe was attacking him because he understands that he never supported the regime-change agenda which pushed for creation of anarchy to get positions in the ANC.”

Marius said he had revealed the secret plans from within the ruling party to remove President Jacob Zuma from power even as the party is set to elect a new leadership in December next year.

Speaking on the rift within the party, Fransman went on to say that the unstable state of the ruling party  was what he call “the enemy within the ANC that is fighting for its narrow political interests.”

“I reject the finding of my disciplinary hearing, as the expected outcome was predetermined from the outset. I was denied access to relevant documentation, even in the face of a high court order.

“Gwede Mantashe is in contempt for ignoring a high court order to release all relevant documentation to me.

Marius Fransman ended his statement by saying “The NDC is lying about having provided all the relevant documentation, and I demand an apology,” Fransman said in a statement as he accused the party’s NDC of having been captured by a faction led by Mantashe.

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Meanwhile, Mantashe has dismissed the allegations as nothing but a smear campaign.

“I respect the processes of the ANC. Fransman has got a right to appeal to the national disciplinary committee of appeal. Now he is using The Star as an appeal process and wants to call me as a witness, I’m sorry!” he said.