Scopa seeks legal opinion over Fransman
Fransman’s been asked to explain the ANC’s exorbitant expenditure on consultants while he was an MEC.
CAPE TOWN - The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) in the Western Cape says it has sought legal opinion on provincial African National Congress (ANC) leader Marius Fransman's apparent refusal to comment on an issue stemming from his days as an MEC.
Scopa is demanding Fransman and fellow ANC member Pierre Uys explain why billions of rand was spent by the provincial government on consultants over a period of three years.
Both Fransman and Uys have declined to comment on the matter.
Western Cape Scopa chairperson Ferlon Christians says lawyers have confirmed Fransman can be criminally charged for declining to comment on the use of consultants while the ANC still controlled the province.
"He can be criminally charged for transgressing the act."
He says the matter will be discussed next week.
Meanwhile, Fransman is expected to approach the Western Cape High Court in a bid to prevent Scopa from laying criminal charges against him.
He claims he wasn't given sufficient time to prepare for the Scopa hearing and will ask the court to declare that he has not contravened any laws.