Sexual harassment charge laid against ANC member

By Drum Digital
08 January 2016

The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed that a sexual harassment charge has been laid against their member.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

“We are awaiting the outcome of the police investigation. We reaffirm ANC gender policy with regards to respect for women's rights,” the party said in a statement. Even though the party did not release the name of the said member in a statement but media reports say the charge was laid against the ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman.

And the ANC National spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa has been quoted on News24 confirming that the charge was indeed laid against Fransman. He was quoted as saying, “We have been in touch with Marius to get an explanation. Of course the law must take its course.”

"We must reaffirm our position as the ANC in terms of respect to women. It is important to always reaffirm that position without prejudice of what happened but as a point of reference,” Zizi told News24.

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko tells DRUM that at the moment, they are treating the matter as rumours because there has not been any official report sent to the Western Cape provincial office. He says that the party officials will hold a meeting on Sunday and they will release a statement thereafter on the matter.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for Fransman’s immediate suspension. Western Cape leader Patricia de Lille says Fransman’s record shows that he is not fit to hold office in any political party. She says that the ANC must take action or be seen to approve Fransman’s alleged sexual assault.

She says, “The desperate fight in South Africa against the scourge of sexual and domestic abuse is tragically undermined when party political leaders face criminal charges for these exact crimes.”

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