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Marius Fransman feels sidelined by ANC

Fransman wants a court order confirming his reinstatement as the leader of the ANC in the Western Cape.

Marius Fransman. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman feels he is being sidelined by the party, as the saga around the sexual assault allegations levelled against him continues.

Fransman wants the Western Cape High Court to grant an order confirming him as provincial leader amid confusion around his reinstatement.

His lawyers will on Friday argue that any attempt by the ANC, to prevent him from campaigning or conducting his duties, is in contravention of its own constitution.

Lawyer Ashley Meyer says they want the court to grant an order declaring ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe's actions illegal.

"Even though there has not been a formal suspension, the actions of Mr Mantashe is akin to a suspension and Mr Fransman is not being allowed to campaign for votes as the leader of the opposition in the Western Cape."

The ANC has indicated it will oppose the application.

It says the disciplinary matter is a party administrative issue and will be addressed internally.