ANC Western Cape now without its top 2
The NEC is to appoint interim caretakers to help steer the party to the local government elections.
CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape is now officially without its two top leaders.
The organisation yesterday confirmed the suspension of provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs, while chairperson Marius Fransman was last week asked to step aside.
Police are investigating criminal complaints against both men.
The ANC's top six leaders including President Jacob Zuma met yesterday in Cape Town to discuss who will temporarily lead the party in the cape.
Fransman and Jacobs are fighting personal criminal cases, instead of the electioneering ahead of the upcoming local government elections.
Fransman faces allegations of sexually assault from his personal assistant, while Jacobs allegedly assaulted a researcher at the ANC offices in Cape Town.
The decisions to suspend the two were taken at a meeting of national leaders chaired by national chairperson, Baleka Mbete.
At the same time, the ANC's national leadership will be sending caretaker leaders to take the reigns.
Two members of the ANC's National Executive Committee will be selected to lead the Western Cape to the 2016 local government elections.
Provincial spokesperson Jabu Mfusi said their names will be announced soon.
"Members of the NEC, two of them will be added to work with the PEC on a full time basis."
Mfusi said the party's main goal is to build unity.
He said Fransman and Jacobs will return to their positions within the party if they are found to be innocent.
ANC WESTERN CAPE FACES MORE TROUBLE
Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince said he will not step aside until he's found guilty in a court of law.
Prince is accused of diverting public money for an ANC election campaign and, more recently, assaulting a female uniformed traffic officer.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for him to be suspended as mayor and as a South African Football Association official.
Prince has shot down the DA's call for him to be suspended as a football official, by questioning the party's spokesperson for sport, Solly Malatsi's sporting credentials.
"He did nothing for sport. I've never, ever heard him playing any sport."
He said Malatsi should look within his own party.
"He must go ask Helen Zille why she received money from the Guptas and then she complains when other people ask for money."
Prince said he's cooperating with authorities.