Fransman resigns from WC legislature

The ANC has confirmed that he resigned from his position in the legislature but not from the ruling party.

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Marius Fransman has resigned from the Western Cape legislature.

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has confirmed that he resigned from his position in the legislature but not from the ruling party.

Yesterday, the Western Cape High Court ruled against Fransman's application to avoid appearing before the Provincial Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa).

In 2014, Fransman and colleague Pierre Uys were summoned by Scopa to answer questions related to an Auditor-General's report.

During the meeting, the pair abruptly left when Democratic Alliance members of the committee objected to their request for a postponement.

Scopa demanded that Fransman and then fellow ANC member Uys explain why billions of rands were spent by the provincial government on consultants over a period of three years.

Uys says Fransman has resigned with immediate effect.

"I can confirm that I received his resignation today and the speaker received his resignation; he's resigned with immediate effect."

MARIUS FRANSMAN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS

Earlier this year, Louisa Wynand said the Fransman sexually assaulted her.

She also said she was offered a bursary from an ANC official shortly after giving evidence to the party's Integrity Committee.

Fransman denied the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him.

In a statement he said police must be given the opportunity to do their job and is interested in the outcome of the probe.

The senior ANC official further stated that as a seasoned politician he expects what he called malicious attacks on his integrity.

Fransman said he knows the complainant and travelled with her and two others from Cape Town to Rustenburg.

He argued that the woman was the companion of a passenger in his vehicle.

In the statement Fransman also implied that something more sinister, saying, "There's more to the allegations than meets the eye".