NPA closer to making decision on charging Fransman

The NPA says the investigating officer is finalising his investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Fransman.

FILE: Marius Fransman. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will in two weeks decide whether to press charges against suspended African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman.

Louisa Wynand has accused Fransman of touching her inappropriately and forcing her to share a bed with him at a Kimberley Hotel while they were en route to the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations in January.

Northern Cape NPA spokesperson Phaladi Shuping says the investigating officer is finalising his investigation.

“The investigating officer has promised that by the end of next week, all the outstanding investigations will be completed and there’s a likelihood that in two weeks’ time the docket will be handed over to NPA.”

Last week, the ANC suspended Fransman for five years.

The party's National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) found Fransman guilty of “abusing his office for the purpose of attempting to obtain a sexual favour" from his former assistant Wynand and also of making statements which brought the ruling party into disrepute.

The ANC released a statement saying Fransman showed no political understanding of one of the fundamental objectives of the ANC relating to “the support for and advancement of women’s emancipation”.

It went on to say there was no room in the party for leaders and members, irrespective of position or seniority, who show scant regard for the values and objectives of the party.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)