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Marius Fransman breaks his silence

Fransman has voiced his dissatisfaction with how he’s been treated by some provincial leaders of the ANC.

South Africa's deputy foreign minister Marius Fransman and negotiator for the SADC, the organ for defence and security of the Southern African Development Community, gives a press conference on August 12, 2012 in Antananarivo. Senior officials from the regional bloc SADC, seeking to end a three year crisis in Madagascar. Picture: AFP.
African National Congress,Marius Fransman,sexual assault
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman has broken his silence on the fallout following sexual harassment allegations against him.

In a post on Facebook, Fransman voices his dissatisfaction with how he has been treated by some provincial leaders within the ANC.

Fransman is alleged to have sexually assaulted his PA en route to the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations in Rustenburg last month.

He claims he’s the victim of an “organised and engineered” campaign to discredit him.

In the social media post addressed “Dear comrades and Facebook buddies”, Fransman says he was never informed, either in writing or personally, to step aside.

He claims he did so on his own volition after reading about the action taken by National and Provincial structures in the media.

Fransman says he was also “surprised and shocked” to learn, through the media yesterday, that he has been temporarily replaced as leader of the Opposition in the Western Cape Legislature.

In the Facebook post, he accuses the provincial ANC of not following organisational protocol and process, and labels the action against him a "political attack".

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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