Fransman will continue to cooperate with NW police

The WC ANC leader says he’s given his side of the story to authorities regarding sexual harassment claims.

FILE. Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman says he will continue to cooperate with police investigating allegations of sexual harassment against him.

North West police are investigating a case against Fransman after a 20-year-old woman, who he apparently hired as his personal assistant, lodged a criminal complaint against him two weeks ago.

The party's Provincial Executive Committee has referred the matter to the National Integrity Commission and at a media briefing yesterday outlined the reasons for its decision.

Fransman told reporters he has given his side of the story to the police and would not publicly go into details about what happened between him and the complainant.

He says the claims against him are part of a multi-pronged attack on his person, but he believes the truth will soon come out.

"You've heard up until now, one story. Nothing else. As the leader I've tried to stay disciplined in not breaking my silence on this matter."

The committee in the meantime reiterates that it has not suspended Fransman because there is no complaint lodged against him.

It's not clear when the party's Integrity Commission will summons the Western Cape leader.