Fransman says he knows complainant, denies claims

By Drum Digital
08 January 2016

ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman says he knows the woman who laid a sexual harassment complaint against him, but denies the allegations.

"I want the police to leave no stone unturned in investigating this matter as I am interested in getting to the bottom of the allegations," Fransman said in a statement on Friday.

"I will pursue all available avenues to clear my name and protect my integrity."

Fransman said he and the woman were driving with two other people from Cape Town to Rustenburg for the ANC's 104th anniversary celebrations. He denied that he had harmed her in any way. The woman was a companion of one of the other passengers.

The complaint was laid at a police station in Rustenburg, North West, on Tuesday. He described the woman's action as "low", saying there was more to the allegations than meets the eye.

"As a seasoned politician I expect these kinds of malicious attacks on my integrity. This is unfortunately one of the lowest levels that people can stoop to."

He asked for the public to give police officers investigating the matter space to do their work.

North West police spokesperson Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said a case was opened and was being investigated.

He would not divulge any details about the case. Once investigations had been concluded a decision would be made on whether someone would be charged, he said.

Source: News24

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