The case against Frans­man

A se­nior in­sider close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion claims the ac­cuser was of­fered money to with­draw the case of sex­ual as­sault

CityPress - - Front Page - ABRAM MASHEGO, ATHANDIWE SABA, AN­DISIWE MAK­I­NANA and BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN news@city­press.co.za

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.

Con­tin­ued on page 2

PHOTO: YUNUS MO­HAMED

AC­CUSED ANC Western Cape chair­per­son

Mar­ius Frans­man

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.