Scopa’s decision on Fransman looms

The committee will decide whether or not to lay criminal charges against the ANC Western Cape leader.

FILE: ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The possibility of laying criminal charges against African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape leader Marius Fransman will be discussed at a meeting of the province's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) this week.

Scopa has indicated that it's sought legal opinion on a matter relating to the use of consultants when the province was still under the control of the ANC.

The decision comes after Fransman and fellow ANC member Pierre Uys walked out of a Scopa hearing in April.

They have both refused to comment on the use of consultants during their tenure as MECs that ran into billions of rands.

The committee is adamant that Fransman is in the wrong.

Western Cape Scopa chairperson Ferlon Christians says Fransman has to explain why over R10 million was spent on consultants when the ANC governed the province.

He says the provincial ANC leader's refusal to comment on the matter will be discussed on Wednesday.

Fransman has meanwhile approached the Western Cape High Court in a bid to stop Scopa from laying the charges.