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Marius Fransman denies sexual harassment claims

Fransman says he knows the complainant & travelled with her and 2 others from Cape Town to Rustenburg.

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman bows his head during a prayer vigil at St Georges Cathedrral in Cape Town on 27 June, 2013. Picture: AFP.
African National Congress,Marius Fransman,Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman has denied the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him.

North West police are investigating a case lodged against him in Sun City.

The claims against Fransman come as the ANC celebrates its 104th birthday in Rustenburg.

In a statement he says police must be given the opportunity to do their job and is interested in the outcome of the probe.

The senior ANC official further states that as a seasoned politician he expects what he calls malicious attacks on his integrity.

Fransman says he knows the complainant and travelled with her and two others from Cape Town to Rustenburg.

He says the woman was the companion of a passenger in his vehicle. 

In the statement Fransman also implies something more sinister, saying “There's more to the allegations than meets the eye”.

CONFLICTING STATEMENTS

Earlier today, national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said Fransman assured the party that he would co-operate with police on the matter.

“At the moment we are aware. We are here [at the birthday celebrations] and we want to allow for investigations to take place.”

The party said it was awaiting the outcome of a police investigation into the allegations.

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko said, “Nothing official has been sent to the secretary’s office so at this stage there won’t be a statement.  Suffice to say, when the officials meet tomorrow, it's something that will be discussed and then an official statement will be released thereafter.”

THE OPPOSITION REACTS

Meanwhile, opposition parties are calling for the ANC to take disciplinary steps against Fransman.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the ANC should suspend him.

“When other political parties have dealt with such matters, the ANC has called on them to immediately place those individuals under suspension. We are calling on the ANC to place Marius Fransman under suspension until the investigation concludes.”

The Democratic Alliances (DA)’s Liza Albrecht says action has to be taken.

“If the ANC doesn’t immediately suspend Mr Fransman, they will be seen to approve of is alleged sexual assault.”

The DA’s Patricia de Lille stressed the need for further investigations.

“The desperate fight in South Africa against the scourge of sexual and domestic abuse is tragically undermined when party political leaders face criminal charges for these exact crimes. Sexual assault charges against him must be investigated by the South African Police statement. Sexual assault charges against Fransman must be investigated by the Saps, there is no place for sex offenders in the seats of high political office.”

The Congress of the People (Cope) has also shared the same sentiments and says it will be keeping an eye on the case.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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