Fransman accuser's life in tatters - Report

2016-03-13 08:55
Marius Fransman (Sharief Jaffer, Foto24)

Marius Fransman (Sharief Jaffer, Foto24)

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Cape Town – The life of the woman who accused ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman of sexual harassment is in tatters, the Sunday Times reported.

Three months after the incident, the woman spoke out, accusing the police of dragging their feet.

The Stellenbosch woman laid a complaint against Fransman after travelling to the ANC’s January 8 celebrations in Rustenburg with him.

The 21-year-old accused him of touching her inappropriately in the car ride to Rustenburg, where she was allegedly forced to share a bed with him.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, the woman said she had to change her hair, move out of home and cancel her birthday party.

“Basically what I’ve been doing is hiding inside all the time and covering up for my fiancé because media would go to his work place as well,” she was quoted saying.

She said friends had come to her rescue and sent her to an undisclosed location, sent her for counselling and obtained the services of a lawyer for her.

She vehemently denied that she was part of a plot against Fransman, who has maintained his innocence.

“When would I have had time to be plotting against someone I didn’t know in the first place?” she said.

The 21-year-old, who said she accepted the job to try and build her career, wants her day in court.

“I want to know why. Why did you do this when I told you not to? Now you made me do this to you when you could just have stopped. You should have listened. God gave us all free will. Why did you try and take mine away,” she told the Sunday Times.

Following the allegations, Fransman told News24 the accusation was nonsense, and that it was part of a plot to get rid of him.

“There are those that tried to take me down at last year’s conference, but they failed. So now they are playing the man,” he said.

He placed the blame at a faction within the party working to get rid of him, calling them the “enemy within”.

Fransman has since been asked to step down from the ANC pending the outcome of the investigation into him.

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