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Fransman vows to challenge ANC report on his sexual assault case

Fransman intends challenging a finding that he brought the party into disrepute.

FILE: ANC president Jacob Zuma is accompanied by the party's Western Cape Secretary Marius Fransman. icture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape leader, Marius Fransman, intends on challenging a finding that he has brought the party into disrepute.

Fransman is accused of sexually assaulting his personal assistant.

Louisa Wynand claimed that he fondled her and made her share a bed with him during a road trip from Cape Town to the North West province earlier this year.

The suspended leader came out swinging after the ANC's integrity committee reportedly recommended recommended that he vacate his position as ANC leader in the province.

The committee, led by veteran members Andrew Mlangeni and Frene Ginwala, investigated the allegations that he sexually assaulted Wynand.

Fransman said that he had not seen the committee's report yet.

"I'm actually shocked and surprised that I must read of the report in the media."

He said that he was going to take the issue up with the party's top structures.

"I respect my elders in the integrity committee but I have cautioned already in April that the process is used in a factional way."

The National Prosecuting Authority in the Northern Cape has yet to decide whether to prosecute Fransman for sexual assault.