ANC's Fransman explains reasons for skipping disciplinary hearing

Marius Fransman believes that the probe into allegations of sexual assault against him is just a formality before he is officially removed as provincial leader.

FILE: The ANC's Marius Fransman (left). Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC)’s Marius Fransman has cited procedural irregularities as the reason why he didn’t appear at his disciplinary hearing yesterday.

He is accused of sexual assault.

Fransman has accused the ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee of treating him unfairly, saying it's not in line with the party’s constitution.

He says he’s been denied access to relevant documentation related to the hearing.

The embattled politician believes that the probe into allegations of sexual assault is just a formality before he is officially removed as provincial leader.

But there’s confusion around his status in the party, with some officials insisting that he has been suspended.

In January this year, Louisa Wynand, a woman he hired as a personal assistant, accused him of sexually assaulting her during a trip to the North West province. She claimed he fondled her and made her share a bed with him during a road trip to the North West.

Fransman added that the disciplinary hearing is being compromised by factionalism within the party.

He has also lashed out at an Integrity Committee report that found him guilty of bringing the party into disrepute.

The hearing is expected to continue today.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)