Re­ports em­bat­tled Frans­man is back are false, say se­nior party lead­ers

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TOP WEST­ERN Cape ANC lead­ers would not pro­vide clar­ity yes­ter­day on an in­struc­tion de­liv­ered to act­ing pro­vin­cial ANC chair­man Khaya Ma­gaxa that his ten­ure would end on Thurs­day and Mar­ius Frans­man would re­sume the po­si­tion.

Party in­sid­ers have said Ma­gaxa was in­formed of the de­ci­sion by Wa­ter Af­fairs and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane in the pres­ence of sev­eral na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers dur­ing an elec­tion plan­ning ses­sion ear­lier yes­ter­day.

Frans­man later ac­com­pa­nied Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma cam­paign­ing in Philippi.

Frans­man had stepped aside in Fe­bru­ary to al­low the ANC na­tional in­tegrity com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions by a young Stel- len­bosch woman that he sex­u­ally ha­rassed her while they trav­elled with two other peo­ple to at­tend the ANC’s 104th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Rusten­burg.

The com­mit­tee’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which Frans­man slated as un­fair, rec­om­mended the mat­ter be re­ferred to the na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

Mokonyane con­firmed Frans­man’s re­in­state­ment when she in­formed re­porters he was back and the is­sue had been re­solved.

How­ever, Mokonyane’s state­ments have been ques­tioned by both Ma­gaxa and ANC na­tional spokesman Zizi Kodwa, who said it was “a false re­port” that the em­bat­tled Frans­man was back.

“The re­ports are false, as the in­tegrity com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that the mat­ter be re­ferred to the na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

“So Frans­man has not been re­in­stated,” Kodwa said.

He added the pro­vin­cial chair­man “won’t be re­in­stated un­til the mat­ter has been dealt with by the na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee”.

Act­ing pro­vin­cial chair­man Ma­gaxa de­nied it was a for­mal or of­fi­cial meet­ing where he was no­ti­fied his du­ties would come to an end.

“There was no of­fi­cial meet­ing, it was just door to door,” Ma­gaxa said.

“Un­til I am of­fi­cially no­ti­fied by the ANC, I am still the act­ing chair.

“If there are any changes they will cor­re­spond and we are ur­gently await­ing their cor­re­spon­dence.”

He said the West­ern Cape of­fice did not want to dis­cuss the mat­ter of Frans­man any fur­ther be­cause “we el­e­vated that is­sue to na­tional”.

On Frans­man’s pres­ence at the Philippi cam­paign event, Ma­gaxa said:”Like any­one, he can at­tend a pub­lic event. If he at­tends a pub­lic event that does not say any­thing.”

Mokonyane did not re­spond to calls for fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion on her state­ments con­cern­ing Frans­man.

It is un­der­stood Frans­man was busy with party work yes­ter­day, and was un­avail­able to com­ment on his sta­tus.

zen­zile.khoisan@inl.co.za

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