ANC lashes Fransman
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
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