ANC WC committee to meet over allegations against Marius Fransman

Party officials in the Western Cape have rallied behind Marius Fransman.

FILE: ANC president Jacob Zuma is accompanied by the party's Western Cape Secretary Marius Fransman on a walkabout through Philippi in Cape Town on 6 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape will meet for the first time on Friday to discuss the allegations against its chairperson Marius Fransman.

The meeting is set to take place a week after news broke that Fransman's personal assistant opened a case of sexual assault against him.

The pair had been travelling together to the North West province to attend the ANC's 104th birthday celebrations when the alleged assault took place.

Party officials in the province have rallied behind Fransman.

They held a meeting yesterday to discuss the complaint levelled against him by the 20-year-old woman.

Provincial spokesperson Jabu Mfusi says the criminal investigation must be expedited.

"Comrade Marius has never been in a court of law and has never been arrested and for that reason there is no way we can take a position."

But the senior ANC member may be in for a tough time when he faces the PEC on Friday.

An ANC source says some of the PEC members, fed up with Fransman's leadership - may push for him to excuse himself from the meeting before a decision is taken on how the party should deal with him.

Whether or not he is forced to step down pending the outcome of the police probe, will depend on the number of allies he has on the committee.