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Fransman's sexual harassment case dropped due to ‘lack of evidence’

Marius Fransman was accused of sexually assaulting his PA en route to the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations.

Marius Fransman (L). Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The sexual harassment case against African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape leader Marius Fransman has reportedly been dropped.

Fransman was accused of sexually assaulting his Personal Assistant en route to the ANC's 104th birthday celebrations in Rustenburg earlier this year.

He has repeatedly denied the claim.

The NPA's Frank Lesenyego says the merits of the case were considered.

"The Director of Public Prosecution in the North West declined to prosecute the case due to insufficient evidence."

Fransman maintains he was a victim of smear campaign when his former pa accused him of sexual harassment.

He claimed he's the victim of an "organised and engineered" campaign to discredit him.

Earlier this year, the political leader was asked to step down pending an investigation into the allegations.

He is adamant the allegations were an attempt at political sabotage.

"It's actually sad that some comrades were able to go to that extent, to try and take leadership in our movement down and I think they must learn from this."

Fransman voiced his dissatisfaction, in a post on Facebook, with how he has been treated by some provincial leaders within the ANC.

He says politics should not be used to serve individuals.

Politics is hard, but it's also an amazing thing. It is there to serve the people not to serve ourselves as individuals."

The ANC Western Cape has declined to comment on the matter, pending instruction from its national structures.

Fransman says he feels vindicated.

"We must thank the public and those religious leaders that stood by me irrespective of understanding the merits of the case; by just being compassionate."

It is not clear when Fransman is expected to return to work.