DA wants Fransman to resign from WC legislature

Fransman is being investigated for sexual harassment after a woman laid a complaint against him.

A group of DA members picketing outside the Western Cape legislature. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape is calling for Marius Fransman to be removed from the provincial legislature amid sexual harassment charges.

Fransman, who is the African National Congress (ANC) chairperson in the Western Cape, is being investigated by North West police after a 20-year-old woman lodged a complaint against him.

The woman had been hired as the ANC leader's personal assistant.

A small group of DA supporters held a picket in the city centre to put pressure on the legislature's executive to take action against the ANC provincial chairperson.

While singing, many demonstrators made it clear that they no longer want Fransman as one of the province's legislators.

A group of DA members picketing outside WC Legislature calling for action against #MariusFransman @JustKoyana pic.twitter.com/a9cmnXh8bK

In it's memorandum the group says it is in solidarity with victims against sexual and domestic abuse.

DA MP Shahid Esau says the ANC leader is undermining the fight against abuse.

"This particular protest in support of all victims and we are asking, because of the serious nature of the allegations, that the leader of the oppositions resigns within the legislature as a leader."

Legislature speaker Sharna Fernandez accepted the memorandum and will forward it to the ANC for comment.

#MariusFransman Legislature Speaker Sharna Fernandez has come out to accept the protesters memorandum. XK pic.twitter.com/HSyecJ2jxw

FRANSMAN EXCUSED FROM MEETING

Fransman has left a provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting where sexual harassment allegations against him are being discussed.

The ANC in the province is hosting its first executive meeting in Grabouw today.

The meeting began at 10am this morning, and resumed at 2pm after having broken for lunch.

But the provincial chairperson did not return to the meeting venue

The party's spokesperson Jabu Mfusi says it's in the interest of fairness that Fransman not be present during discussions about the charges against him.

"So that we allow the PEC space to speak. It would be prudent for him to go out of the meeting. "

Mfusi stresses the party will only make a call on the future of its Western Cape leader once a police investigation is complete.

He says a full statement of the outcomes of today's meeting will only be released in a few days' time.