WC ANC still unclear on Fransman's status

WC ANC acting chairperson Khaya Magaxa is confident the matter will be resolved soon.

Marius Fransman. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape believes its national leadership will be able to resolve the ongoing turmoil around its provincial chairperson Marius Fransman.

Fransman had taken the party's Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to court in his fight for his job.

He had voluntarily stepped down to allow an investigation into sexual assault claims levelled against him to run its course.

Fransman, though, was conspicuous in his absence during deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign blitz in the Cape Winelands yesterday.

His deputy and acting Western Cape chairperson Khaya Magaxa said Fransman's status within the party is still unclear.

"We've not received any report yet from national office as to where it is currently. We're still waiting for the national office to hear if there are any changes."

Magaxa says the PEC had taken a decision, as early as February to refer the matter to the national office because it exceeded its jurisdiction.

He adds however they are confident the issues will be put to rest soon.

LEGAL ACTION

Meanwhile, Fransman has dropped his legal action against the party.

Fransman had approached the High Court to force the ANC to give him access to an integrity committee report into sexual harassment allegations against him.

Yesterday, the court granted the order.

Fransman says he will not take the ruling party to court because he has now finally seen the Integrity Commission's report and received a formal notice of disciplinary action.

In a statement, Fransman maintained it was his duty to enforce proper ANC procedure, even if it meant taking legal action.

He said he has also accepted a call from religious leaders to submit to mediation.

Fransman said he had no choice but to turn to the court and claims receipt of the integrity commission report justifies the action.

He has not yet been available to comment on its contents.