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Marius Fransman’s sexual assault accuser speaks out

The woman says her view of the justice system has changed after charges were withdrawn.

The ANC's Marius Fransman. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The woman who accused suspended Western Cape African National Congress(ANC) leader Marius Fransman of sexual harassment says she will consider taking further legal steps against him.

Charges against Fransman have been withdrawn.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has opted not to proceed with the matter due to a lack of evidence.

Louisa Wynand says she's considering her options.

"I actually hope that I get as far as going to court, since that didn't happen. It's changed my view of the justice system in our country. I hope that there'll be change for other women. This must be a terrible example for them to see and must make them feel even more scared to speak up."

Fransman is alleged to have sexually assaulted his PA en route to the ANC's 104th birthday celebrations in Rustenburg in January.

She adds the matter was not a political tactic.

"I just wish that everyone would stop making it a political issue and just focus on the fact that someone's human rights have been violated. They forget that and they think they can just say whatever they want. It's mean and it's hurtful."

The ANC in the Western Cape says it awaits instructions from its national structures after charges were withdrawn.

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

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