ANC in WC divided over status of Marius Fransman

Conflicting statements by the PEC signals division over steps to be taken against embattled Fransman.

Marius Fransman. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - There is still not clarity about the status of embattled African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman.

Several conflicting statements issued by members of the party's provincial executive committee (PEC) this week, show division over what action should be taken against Fransman.

While provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs says the PEC has asked for Fransman to be suspended, other members of the structure claim Jacobs has gone against their resolution.

It still remains to be seen whether the party's national structure will act decisively against Fransman, months after a sexual assault complaint was lodged against him.

National executive committee (NEC) member Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, who was deployed to address provincial leadership challenges, has backed Jacobs in what appears to be a factional battle.

She has described statements by another group within the PEC as "ill-discipline" and a transgression of the ANC's communication policy.

Letsatsi-Duba says she will deal with the matter personally, as it seeks to undo what she calls progress in attempts to unite the party.

In his own statement yesterday, Fransman sought to re-iterate that he has not been suspended and remains the party's provincial leader.