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NPA drops sex assault charges against Marius Fransman

The NPA says both parties came to an agreement to settle the matter out of court.

FILE: Marius Fransman. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Sexual assault charges against politician Marius Fransman have been withdrawn.

The NPA said that both parties came to an agreement to settle the matter out of court.

Wednesday's court proceedings in Kimberley brought to an end a four-year case.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said lawyers for Fransman and Louisa Wynand met and decided that all charges be withdrawn.

“All the parties that were involved in the matter, they got together and reached an agreement that all the charges should be withdrawn.”

Fransman is the former chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape.

He was accused of sexually assaulting his former personal assistant in 2016 when they travelled to the ANC’s 8 January celebrations in the North West.

In 2016, it led to his suspension from the ANC for five years.

The ANC in the Western Cape said was welcomed back in the party.

Fransman's ANC membership was suspended for five years pending the outcome of this case.

The party's interim leader Lerumo Kalako said: “It’s up to him in presenting to the organisation the terms and conditions of the withdrawal and he can approach the organisation for the upliftment of the suspension. We will welcome him just like any other member of the ANC who gets suspended.”