‘Fransman is free to attend ANC rally in WC’

Earlier this month, allegations emerged that Marius Fransman sexually harassed his personal assistant.

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

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says its embattled chairperson, Marius Fransman, is free to attend the party's rally scheduled to take place in the province tomorrow.

The party's National Working Committee yesterday directed him to immediately step aside pending the finalisation of a probe into allegations that he sexually assaulted his personal assistant.

ANC's Provincial Secretary, Faiez Jacobs, has also been sent a letter warning he would be suspended for a second time over an alleged assault that happened last year.

The rally was supposed to take place in Grabouw two weeks ago, but the ANC postponed the event because it claims the local municipality was making it difficult for the event to go ahead - a claim the Democratic Alliance (DA)-run municipality denies.

ANC's Provincial spokesperson Jabu Mfusi says it's all systems go for tomorrow.

"We are expecting the national chairperson of the African National Congress, who is also the speaker of the national Parliament, comrade Baleka Mbete, to be the keynote speaker."

It's unclear whether Fransman will attend.

Fransman made headlines earlier this month when allegations emerged he sexually harassed his personal assistant, while the two were travelling to Rustenburg in the North West for the ANC's birthday celebrations.