Fransman’s fate to be decided

The ANC Western Cape chair and a former Health MEC were summoned to appear before Scopa in April.

FILE: Marius Fransman and Pierre Uys were summed by Scopa in April to explain exuberant expenditure of R10 billion. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Marius Fransman's fate will be discussed in the provincial legislature next week.

Members of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) have been given the green light to lay criminal charges against Fransman for refusing to answer the committee's questions.

The ANC provincial chair and former Health MEC Pierre Uys walked out of a Scopa meeting in April after being summoned to explain why R10 billion was spent by the provincial government on consultants between 2008 and 2011.

This after the Democratic Alliance took control of the Western Cape in 2009.

Scopa members have been given a legal opinion on what action to take against the pair.

Officials have been advised that criminal charges can be brought against Fransman, while Uys could face disciplinary action.

Scopa chairperson Ferlon Christians says the matter will be discussed during the committee's meeting.

"Fransman is different because he was not a member of the provincial Parliament," he said. "The matter should have been reported to the police."