Fransman to lead WC ANC into 2016 local elections

The WC ANC leader is in the middle of a sexual harassment debacle involving his personal assistant.

African National Congress Western Cape leader Marius Fransman (L). Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Embattled African National Congress (ANC) leader in Western Cape Marius Fransman, looks set to lead the party into the local government elections after surviving a heated meeting of the ANC's Provincial Executive Committee.

The committee has decided to keep Fransman on as provincial chairperson while police investigate a complaint of sexual assault against him.

He is accused of making sexual advances on his 20-year-old personal assistant while the two were travelling to the ANC's 104 birthday celebrations in the North West earlier this month.

Fransman is adamant the allegations against him are nonsense.

He blames unknown individuals for plotting to attack his integrity and destroy the party.

A divided Provincial Executive Committee decided to refer the complaint against Fransman to the ANC's Integrity Commission on Friday.

The committee also wants police to expedite their investigation.

In the midst of the drama surrounding Fransman, the committee postponed a rally scheduled to take place in Grabouw on Saturday, to later this month.