Police probe into Fransman case nearly done

2016-11-18 17:35
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Cape Town - The police investigation into the sexual harassment complaint against Western Cape politician Marius Fransman is at an advanced stage, the NPA in the Northern Cape said on Friday.

“This week, the prosecutor said he had consulted with the investigating officer and by the look of things, all outstanding matters are likely to be completed next week,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said.

Once completed, specialist police unit the Hawks would hand the docket over for a decision on whether to prosecute.

Fransman's former PA, Louisa Wynand, claimed Fransman sexually harassed her while they travelled to Rustenburg for the ANC’s birthday celebration in January.

She claimed he touched her inappropriately in the car, and that she was forced to share a bed with him in a Kimberley hotel on January 5, where he allegedly also touched her inappropriately.

North West police closed their case, according to a terse WhatsApp message from a police official named Madoda. Wynand complained that the investigation had been sparse and that she had received no request for the cellphone messages she and Fransman had exchanged, or for any other evidence.

It transpired that the alleged harassment occurred in the Northern Cape, so the complaint was being investigated by authorities there. In the meantime, the ANC said Fransman would step aside as then Western Cape party chairperson, until the issue had been resolved.

With other party members parachuted in to campaign in the province before the August 3 local government elections, there was confusion over whether he had been suspended or not. The party’s poor performance in the polls was partly blamed on the Fransman issue.

On November 10, the ANC said its national disciplinary committee had found Fransman guilty on two charges of misconduct and suspended his party membership for five years.

The counts were for “abusing his office for the purpose of attempting to obtain a sexual favour from Louisa Wynand, and for making public statements which brought the ANC into disrepute”.

Fransman, who did not attend his disciplinary hearing, rejected the findings. He questioned why potential witnesses were not interviewed, and claimed he had not received some of the documents he needed to defend himself. The ANC denied the latter claim.

Since then, at least two ANC supporters close to him had called Wynand a liar and made sexually disparaging remarks about her and her father.

One was from Northern Cape Bergsig region secretary Donovan Cloete, and another from Vanessa le Roux, an assistant to Fransman.

In the meantime, the Congress of SA Students was set to go to the ANC's provincial headquarters in Cape Town to ask for Fransman's reinstatement. It wanted the ANC to stop treating them as “strangers”, and called for unity in the party.

 


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