I am the ANC WC leader - Fransman

Fransman has confirmed he has resumed his duties after a "prolonged absence".

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 Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Embattled Western Cape leader Marius Fransman's insistence that he has assumed his role as chairperson in the province is at odds with the African National Congress's (ANC) official position on the matter.

In a statement, Fransman has confirmed he has resumed his duties after a "prolonged absence" that he claimed was the result of a "poorly managed internal process".

Fransman was asked to step aside earlier this year to allow the party's integrity commission time to probe allegations of sexual assault levelled against him by a 21-year-old woman.

Louisa Wynand opened a criminal case against him shortly after the incident. But there is no clarity on whether he will be prosecuted.

His return was signaled by his appearance on the campaign trail alongside President Jacob Zuma last week.

"There is no confusion, I am the Western Cape ANC leader," insisted Fransman in a statement released over the weekend.

He has explained he had voluntarily stepped aside to allow the integrity commission time to complete its work without any interference.

The internal process is now over which allows him to return to his position, he said.

But ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe had earlier said Fransman is to face a disciplinary process.