Marius Fransman, former Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and now ANC Western Cape Provincial Chairperson, is being investigated by police for sexual assault.
This necessitates the need for the ANC to immediately suspend Fransman, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said.
“The ANC must act against its loose cannon Western Cape leader, or be seen to approve of his alleged sexual assault,” the DA said.
The desperate fight in South Africa against the scourge of sexual and domestic abuse is tragically undermined when party political leaders face criminal charges for these exact crimes, said the DA.
“There is no place for sex offenders in the seats of high political office,” the party said.
The ANC said earlier that it had been made aware that a case of sexual harassment has been opened against Fransman.
“We are awaiting the outcome of the police investigation. We reaffirm ANC gender policy with regards to respect for women’s rights,” ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
Also on Saturday, Fransman denied the allegation, saying he did nothing harmful to the woman who laid the charge against him. Fransman also acknowledged that he knows the woman personally.
Fransman said he is aware that people are lobbying hard for his suspension.
“… As I always maintained I am a man of the organisation and I will always abide by the movement’s wishes, whatever that would be,” he said in his Facebook account.
The case against Fransman was opened at Sun City police station in the North West Province, where the ANC’s birthday celebrations were taking place.
Fransman is amongst the ANC’s top brass that were in the province to attend the ANC’s 104th anniversary celebration.
ANC provincial officials are set to meet next Monday to decide whether to suspend Fransman. Enditem