Fransman says ANC probe into sex harassment claims harming his reputation

Fransman is preparing to take on the ANC in court to access the integrity commission’s report.

FILE: Embattled ANC WC leader Marius Fransman in Philippi with other PEC members waiting for President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape leader Marius Fransman says that the prolonged internal probe into sexual harassment claims against him is harming his reputation.

Fransman returned to work yesterday despite ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe saying he's not allowed to resume his duties.

The ANC maintains that the integrity commission has recommended the matter be referred to the disciplinary committee.

Fransman is preparing to take on the ANC in court to access the integrity commission's report on the matter.

Fransman claims the process has not been swift or fair. He's accused Mantashe of barring him from meeting with senior party leaders.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said Fransman should respect the party's internal process.

"It is their right to go to court to seek recourse but also we've a responsibility as the ANC to challenge and defend our own decision."

Fransman said he will now focus on campaigning for the ANC ahead of next week's elections.

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Meanwhile, the ANC said the disciplinary matter against Fransman has not been concluded and is still with the national office.

It's reiterated that Fransman has not been allowed to resume his duties as head of the party in the province.

The ANC is clarifying the confusion around the matter, as various party leaders have made contrary statements on the issue.

Kodwa said the commission has tabled its report.

"One of the recommendations they made in the report is that the matter be referred, given the seriousness of the allegations, and how they found the statement and the testimony of the person who made this allegation."

Kodwa said the party will challenge Fransman's intention to approach the court.

"It invalidates the integrity of the commission, which is an important component of the ANC, since in Mangaung we agreed on its establishment. If you have decided to take this organisation to court, then this organisation will defend itself against him."