Fransman clarifies stance on his position in ANC

Fransman says he voluntarily stepped aside to allow an internal probe into allegations of sexual assault.

ANC president Jacob Zuma is accompanied by the party's Western Cape Secretary Marius Fransman on a walkabout through Philippi in Cape Town on 6 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Embattled Western Cape African National Congress (ANC) leader Marius Fransman says there should not be any confusion about his position in the party because he remains in charge.

In a surprising move, Fransman was seen on the campaign trail with President Jacob Zuma in Philippi and Khayelistha this week, adding weight to one NEC member's claim that he had resumed his duties as leader.

Fransman had voluntarily stepped aside earlier this year to allow the party to probe allegations of sexual assault against him.

In a statement released yesterday, Fransman says he never stopped being the party's provincial chairman, but rather voluntarily stepped aside to allow an internal probe into allegations of sexual assault.

He says he is assuming his duties as leader now that the internal process has concluded.

But ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe had earlier said the embattled Western Cape leader still has to face the party's national disciplinary committee.

Earlier this year, 21-year-old Louisa Wynand, claimed she had just started working for Fransman when he fondled her and forced her to share a bed with him.