ANC: Fransman innocent until proven guilty

The ANC leader in the Western Cape has been charged with sexual assault.

FILE: Marius Fransman. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it's doing damage control following the alleged sexual harassment scandal implicating party leader Marius Fransman.

Party spokesperson Jabu Mfusi says the matter was discussed today during an executive committee meeting in Grabouw.

Fransman has reportedly been charged with sexual assault following allegations he assaulted his 20-year-old assistant during a recent trip to Rustenburg.

But Mfusi adds that the ANC will only make a call on his future after the police investigation has been completed.

"Comrade Marius at the moment is innocent until proven otherwise."

Earlier today, Fransman left the venue at which the meeting was held.

Mfusi says it's in the interest of fairness that the chairperson not be present during discussions about the charges against him.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape handed over a memorandum to the provincial legislature, calling for Fransman to resign from the legislature.

Dozens of DA members picketed in the city centre to put pressure on the legislature's executive to take action against the ANC provincial chairperson.