Fransman lawyer perplexed by sexual assault case

2016-06-14 18:28
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Cape Town – ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman's lawyer says the possibility that the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] in the Northern Cape could come to a different decision on the sexual assault allegations against Fransman after the DPP North West had already decided not to prosecute, was "perplexing".

"Despite not wanting to comment on a process which is still pending in the office of the DPP Northern Cape, we find it perplexing that a different decision could be possible," Mushtak Parker of Attorneys Parker & Khan, said in a statement. 

Parker added that the public prosecutor in the North West Province had come to the decision not to prosecute, due to insufficient evidence, after having had multiple, lengthy consultations with the complainant, Louisa Wynand.

Parker's statement comes after a report in the Daily Maverick outlined how police in Kimberley reopened a case of sexual assault against Fransman after a series of WhatsApp messages the political leader was sent to the 20-year-old Wynand days before she was due to travel with the ANC leader to attend the ruling party’s 104th anniversary in Rustenberg was forwarded to the NPA.

Previously, police announced that the charges had been withdrawn "due to a lack of evidence".

In his statement, Parker said that they were of the view that the decision by the North West Province public prosecutor not to move forward with the matter was "correct".

"[We] believe that a similar decision would in due course be taken by the DPP Northern Cape."

Parker added that his legal team hoped "the prosecution happened sooner rather than later" because the debacle had "adversely affected" Fransman. 

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