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'Sexual assault claims against Fransman are mere allegations'

Despite calls to suspend Fransman, the party said the law must take its course.

South Africa's deputy foreign minister Marius Fransman and negotiator for the SADC, the organ for defence and security of the Southern African Development Community, gives a press conference on August 12, 2012 in Antananarivo. Senior officials from the regional bloc SADC, seeking to end a three year crisis in Madagascar. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape said sexual harassment claims leveled against its provincial leader Marius Fransman are simply allegations and nothing more at this stage.

The ANC on Tuesday met with Fransman to discuss the charges against him.

Spokesperson Jabu Mfusi said sexual harassment allegations against the party's provincial leader were on the agenda of a high level meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

According to reports, a 20-year old woman Fransman had hired as a personal assistant, made the claims following the ANC's birthday celebrations in the North West over the weekend.

Despite calls to suspend Fransman, the party said the law must take its course.

In a statement, the ANC said while police continue to investigate the sexual harassment claims, he's not yet officially been charged.

The party said its members should exercise discipline and refrain from undue or wrongful public comment on the matter.

The woman claimed Fransman assaulted her while on their way to ANC's 104 birthday celebration in Rustenburg.

The party said it's now focusing on preparations for its upcoming rally in Grabouw.