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‘It’d be perplexing if NC prosecutors proceeded with Fransman case’

Fransman's lawyer believes the NPA in the Northern Cape will come to a similar conclusion.

FILE: African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape leader Marius Fransman. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Embattled African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape leader Marius Fransman's lawyer says it would be "perplexing" if prosecutors in the Northern Cape proceeded with a sexual assault case against his client, after their counterparts in the North West decided not to.

However, Mushtak Parker says if there is a decision to prosecute, it would be in the best interest of all concerned for it to be sooner rather than later.

Fransman is accused of sexually harassing and fondling a young woman who he hired to work for him earlier this year.

She claims he forced her to share a bed with him during a road trip to Rustenburg in January.

Louisa Wynand laid a complaint against Fransman with police at Sun City, but four months later she was told there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the matter.

Parker says that decision was correct, and he believes the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Northern Cape will come to a similar conclusion.

"Despite not wanting to comment on a process, which is still pending in the office of the DPP in the Northern Cape, we find it perplexing that a different decision could be possible after the DPP in the North West Province had come to the decision not to prosecute, due to insufficient evidence, after having had multiple, lengthy consultations with the complainant."

It's understood a senior prosecutor and an investigating officer are in possession of suggestive text messages that Fransman had sent to Wynand.

The messages show how the politician flirted with his new employee before they travelled together from the Western Cape to the North West for the ANC's birthday celebrations.

In one message, Fransman tells Wynand not to share the news of her new job with her boyfriend because he doesn't want "jealous guys around".

In another message, he tells Wynand to make herself "hot for [the] trip" and tells her to wear something "sensual."

To view the report detailing the contents of the text messages,_ click here. _