ANC lashes Frans­man

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THE ANC’s na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee has lashed out at the party’s em­bat­tled West­ern Cape leader Mar­ius Frans­man, say­ing it was dis­ap­point­ment the senior leader mis­led the pub­lic by claim­ing he had been cleared of the charges against him.

The ANC yes­ter­day con­firmed its pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion that Frans­man was guilty on two counts of mis­con­duct and his mem­ber­ship of the ANC should be sus­pended for five years.

Frans­man had lam­basted the NDC two weeks ago, la­belling it “bi­ased” and not to “be trusted”. He had said he would re­sume his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as the party’s leader in the prov­ince af­ter the ANC’s na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of ap­peals (NDCA) re­ferred his case back to the NDC.

The NDC had found Frans­man guilty on two counts of mis­con­duct – one for abus­ing his of­fice for the pur­pose of at­tempt­ing to ob­tain a sex­ual favour from Louisa Wy­nand, and an­other for mak­ing pub­lic state­ments which brought the ANC into dis­re­pute.

It was re­ported that Wy­nand was al­legedly “forced” to sleep next to Frans­man at a Kim­ber­ley ho­tel when they trav­elled to Rusten­berg to cel­e­brate the ANC’s birth­day in Jan­uary last year. Frans­man had also al­legedly touched her while two fel­low pas­sen­gers were seated in the back of the ve­hi­cle.

NDC act­ing chair­per­son Su­san Sha­bangu said Frans­man had de­nied him­self a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity to present his case and prove his in­no­cence af­ter he did not at­tend the NDC hear­ing sched­uled for yes­ter­day.

“The NDC has fur­ther ex­pressed its dis­ap­point­ment that Com­rade Mar­ius, as a senior leader, mis­led the pub­lic a few weeks ago that he was cleared by the ANC NDCA, whereas the ap­peal com­mit­tee made the point in its find­ing that the re­fer­ral back to the NDC was be­ing done on a point of pro­ce­dure to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the ANC; not be­cause of any pro­ce­dural ir­reg­u­lar­ity com­mit­ted by the NDC or on a point of law raised by the charged mem­ber.”

In his ap­peal for a re­view of the de­ci­sion, Frans­man had charged that the NDC did not con­sider the tech­ni­cal point on pro­ce­dure. Last week, he claimed the NDCA did not have the con­vic­tion or po­lit­i­cal ma­tu­rity to tell the NDC it was ir­reg­u­lar in its de­ci­sion and there was no case against him.

But the NDC yes­ter­day said: “In all the cir­cum­stances, the NDC was sat­is­fied that Com­rade Frans­man was af­forded a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity of pro­ce­dural fair­ness. He elected not to utilise it by not at­tend­ing the sched­uled hear­ing to present his ev­i­dence.” – Staff Re­porter

UN­DER THE WHIP: Mar­ius Frans­man

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