ANC lashes Andile Lili over Fransman comments

Lili this week made damning claims against the party’s suspended provincial chairperson Marius Fransman.

FILE: Andile Lili outside the Belville Magistrate Court, where he appeared after spending more than a week in jail. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has lashed Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member Andile Lili for comments he made about his colleagues.

Lili this week made damning claims against the party's suspended provincial chairperson Marius Fransman.

He alleged Fransman booked one room for him and his personal assistant the night before she laid sexual harassment allegations against him earlier this year.

Fransman, who maintains he's innocent, was asked to step aside pending the outcome of the investigation into the matter.

The ANC's Yonela Diko has described Lili's comments as careless.

"We want to ask Lili to refrain from commenting on matters currently underway inside the ANC processes. If he has any matter that he would like to raise, he has access to all ANC structures and he himself belongs to a very senior structure, which in fact collectively takes decisions."

On Monday, Lili claimed s ome members on the provincial executive tried to shield Fransman following allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him.

He spoke candidly on the matter following his release on three charges of contempt of court.

Lili was arrested and held for more than a week for missing three court cases scheduled on the same day at two different courts in January.

He claimed some of his colleagues, including spokesperson, Jabu Mfusi, have it in for him.

"The PEC of the ANC we were very honest and fruitful to ourselves and to the nation, to say Marius Fransman you should step down, finish and klaar. Jabu Mfusi is in the back pocket of Marius Fransman."

He alleged Mfusi and some others were not in favour of Fransman being asked to step aside, following sexual harassment claims by his personal assistant.

Mfusi is retorted saying Lili's allegations don't warrant a response.

Meanwhile, the ANC in the Western Cape yesterday announced its provincial Deputy Chairperson Khaya Magaxa as leader in the Provincial Legislature.

Magaxa, who is also the SACP's provincial secretary, replaces Fransman.

The ANC's Yonela Diko said Magaxa will act until Fransman's case is finalised.

"He has influenced the generation of comrades has had is profound effects on the ANC as an organisation. He is stepping into this important position with the full confidence of the ANC and we are more than confident that he will hold the DA government accountable and will present the ANC as the only organisation of governing the Western Cape."