Frans­man claims it’s a con­spir­acy

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ANC Western Cape chair­per­son Mar­ius Frans­man yes­ter­day claimed to be a vic­tim of a con­spir­acy as he again dis­missed ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault against him.

The ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son 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”.

At a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Frans­man in­di­cated that he be­lieved that there was a con­spir­acy against him: “I have no il­lu­sions that there is more than the eye can see on this mat­ter. In fact, my sus­pi­cion is that as this one fails, there will be an­other one.

“My view is that it was a mul­ti­pronged at­tack, with the ma­jor at­tack point be­ing the court of pub­lic opin­ion. That is so be­cause you have heard up to now one story, noth­ing else.

“As a leader, I have tried to stay dis­ci­plined in not break­ing my si­lence on this par­tic­u­lar mat­ter,” he said.

“There is no ques­tion to me what is be­hind this. There is more than the eye can see. As the days have un­rav­elled, we now know – and I can con­fi­dently say I do be­lieve I know – what is ac­tu­ally be­hind it … and it does speak to par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­u­als, and that will come out as time goes on.”

Frans­man, how­ever, de­clined to name the peo­ple he said were be­hind the “plot”. He said he had been co­op­er­at­ing with the po­lice and had “noth­ing to hide”. “The bot­tom line is that the de­tail will come out,” he said.

He spoke of a con­spir­acy in­volv­ing the tim­ing of the news, which he said broke “as the whole coun­try as­sem­bled at the civic cen­tre in Rusten­burg to cut the cake on Jan­uary 8”.

“That’s im­por­tant – the tim­ing is im­por­tant – with­out get­ting into de­tail,” he said.

The ANC Western Cape pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) held a spe­cial meet­ing in Grabouw on Fri­day, where the al­le­ga­tions against Frans­man were dis­cussed. It de­cided to re­fer the mat­ter to the ANC’s in­tegrity com­mis­sion for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The PEC de­ter­mined that this par­tic­u­lar mat­ter would not de­rail its ef­forts in en­sur­ing that this ANC acts as an ef­fec­tive op­po­si­tion in the Western Cape and ad­e­quately pre­pares the or­gan­i­sa­tion for the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions,” said act­ing pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Thandi Maniki­vana.

Western Cape ANC spokesper­son Jabu Mfusi told City Press on Fri­day that the PEC meet­ing be­came heated when the Frans­man mat­ter came up, with many dif­fer­ing views.

Deputy pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Khaya Ma­gaxa added that they felt that the po­lice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Frans­man was be­ing pro­longed and he hadn’t been for­mally charged.

“The more they stretch that process ... it is not only hurt­ing the two peo­ple – the al­leged vic­tim and the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor – it is also an al­ba­tross on us as the ANC. That’s why we have called for the po­lice to speed up that process,” he said.

Ma­gaxa added that the mat­ter was be­ing sent to the ANC’s in­tegrity com­mis­sion be­cause the body could in­ves­ti­gate any ANC mem­ber.

Ma­gaxa said the PEC could not “just charge a per­son willy-nilly with­out hav­ing a com­plaint”.

“Even the po­lice have not charged any­one. There­fore, un­der those cir­cum­stances, there is no way that we can start tak­ing any ac­tion. That’s why we re­ferred it to peo­ple who can find out to what ex­tent per­haps the mat­ter might af­fect the in­tegrity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Ma­gaxa also re­jected the al­le­ga­tion that the com­plainant was Frans­man’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, say­ing the ANC had not ad­ver­tised such a post and all such jobs were oc­cu­pied.

“If there was a prom­ise of a job some­where, it is not within the move­ment. Maybe it’s in his house or his spaza shop – wher­ever – but here we don’t have that thing,” he added.

AC­CUSED Mar­ius Frans­man

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