The case against Fransman
A senior insider close to the investigation claims the accuser was offered money to withdraw the case of sexual assault
Western Cape ANC chairperson Marius Fransman allegedly offered a 20-year-old woman a job as his personal assistant – and then allegedly told her to “overcome” her feelings of discomfort at his sexual advances if she wanted to “make a success out of her career”.
This explosive information is contained in the docket of the sexual assault case that police are investigating against him.
Although Fransman vehemently denied the allegations in a statement on Friday night, the docket, which City Press has seen, details the complainant’s account of what allegedly happened.
In it, she is quoted as saying that she met Fransman at an upmarket wine estate and hotel just outside Stellenbosch, where she worked, and he “approached her asking about a job offer he once made to her or a friend”.
“On Saturday, January 2, the complainant went for a job interview by [sic] the suspect, whereby she was offered the job,” the docket reads.
“On Sunday, the complainant was informed by the suspect to prepare herself as she will be starting to work as his PA as from Monday, January 4, and would be travelling to Rustenburg with him.”
The young woman then travelled with Fransman and two of his friends, who are named in the docket.
The docket then reveals that, along the way, Fransman, who was driving, swapped with his friend and sat in the back with her, where he started touching her inappropriately.
“On Tuesday, January 5, at about 2.19am, they arrived at the Flamingo Hotel in Kimberley whereby she was forced to share the bed with the suspect and he would wrap his arms over her and rubbed himself against her, touching her breasts,” the docket reads.
“She told him that she does not feel comfortable and he said it would be her challenge to overcome if she wants to make a success out of her career and needs to be clinical and cold about it. They then proceeded to Rustenburg.”
City Press understands that after arriving in North West, the young woman laid a complaint at the Sun City Police Station.
City Press has learnt from five independent sources within both the ANC and the police that pressure was exerted on the young woman to drop her complaint against Fransman.
Two senior ANC members told City Press that ANC leaders, including North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, put pressure on her to drop the case.
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ACCUSED ANC Western Cape chairperson