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Confusion around Marius Fransman’s role in the ANC

In a surprising move, he was seen on the campaign trail with President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town.

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman bows his head during a prayer vigil at St Georges Cathedrral in Cape Town on 27 June, 2013. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it has not received any official notice from Luthuli House about embattled chairperson Marius Fransman's fate.

In a surprising move, Fransman was seen on the campaign trail with President Jacob Zuma in Philippi and Khayelitsha yesterday adding weight to one National Executive Member (NEC) member's claim that he had resumed his duties as leader after he'd voluntarily stepped down from his position earlier this year.



But ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe had earlier said Fransman would face the party's national disciplinary committee over sexual assault allegations.

The ANC's Head of Campaigns Nomvula Mokonyane told journalists that Fransman had the green light to resume his role as party chairperson in the province as the "issues have been resolved".

But the ANC's National Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa denied this a day later, saying Fransman still had to face a disciplinary process.

The spokesperson for the ANC in the Western Cape, Jabu Mfusi, was hesitant to weigh in.

He says the province is waiting for clarity.

"There's nothing official from the secretary general that has reached our offices."

Louisa Wynand, 21, claims she had just started working for Fransman in January when he fondled her and forced her to share a bed with him.

She lodged a criminal complaint.

But it's unclear whether the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will proceed with a case against him.

In or out; the confusion gives the impression that on this matter, the ANC speaks with many voices.