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ANC asks Fransman for explanation into alleged sexual harassment charges

NW police have confirmed a case has been lodged but would not confirm the nature of the charges.

ANC Western Cape senior leader Marius Fransman. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says Marius Fransman has assured the party that he will cooperate with the police as officials investigate a complaint of sexual harassment against him.

The ruling party says it's awaiting the outcome of a police investigation into Fransman.

North West police have confirmed a case has been lodged but would not confirm the nature of the charges.

The NEC member is part of a Western Cape delegation attending the party's 'January 8' celebrations.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says Fransman is innocent until proven guilty, and the party will only act against him should it become necessary.

"At the moment we are aware and we want to allow law enforcement investigations… If there is anything we need to take up, we will as an organisation."

"The matter is being investigated so let's allow the police to do their work. We must reaffirm our gender policy with regards to women, not to judge anybody, but reaffirm it."

Details about the alleged incident are unclear at this stage.

News of the police probe has done little to dampen the mood, as ANC member celebrated the party's 104th birthday today at a cake-cutting ceremony, at the Rustenburg Civic Centre this afternoon.

President Jacob Zuma spoke at the event, he said ANC members had a duty to defend the organisation, and that the youth league must be at the forefront.

The Democratic Alliance's Patricia de Lille has condemned the allegations and has called for his immediate suspension.

In a statement released this afternoon, Patricia de Lille said the ANC must act.

"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."