Gender Equality ‘concerned’ about Fransman sexual assault scandal

The commission says it has been monitoring the case since news broke of a police investigation.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Commission for Gender Equality has weighed in on the Marius Fransman sexual assault scandal saying it's concerned by the allegations.

The commission says it has been monitoring the case since news broke of a police investigation into the claims against the African National Congress' Western Cape leader, two weeks ago.

Fransman's personal assistant claims the incident took place while they were travelling to the North West to attend the ANC's 104th birthday celebrations.

The commission's Javu Baloyi says they've been wanting the facts before they could say anything.

"The commission did not want to jump and react to the issues without having facts. We have been following it from the North West, we have an office there, and our office in Cape Town told us that now is the right time to talk about this issue. The ANC is not saying anything about it and the city must enter the terrain."

Fransman has described the allegations as nonsense.