De Lille calls for Fransman's suspension

2016-01-22 18:00
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Cape Town - The DA on Friday countered the ANCYL's call for DA MP Diane Kohler Barnard to be fired with a demand that the ANC suspend its Western Cape leader Marius Fransman.

"The DA is astounded at the sheer hypocrisy of ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman’s presence at the organisation’s march to the DA head offices today," Cape Town Mayor and Western Cape DA leader Patricia de Lille said.

Referring to the sexual harassment allegations Fransman was facing, she said the ANC did not care about fighting sexism and the continued discrimination many women experienced daily.

The march was nothing but an election ploy aimed at dividing South Africans along racial lines, she said.

"We trust that the ANC will find its voice in the fight against sexism, and suspend Marius Fransman. If it is not willing to do so, then it has no legitimacy in the fight against discrimination, wherever and whenever it occurs."

A woman accused Fransman of sexual harassment while they traveled to the North West for the African National Congress's birthday rally in Rustenburg earlier this month.

He has denied the claims.

After a march to the DA's offices in Cape Town on Friday, the ANC Youth League handed a memorandum to DA MP Zak Mbhele. Among the demands was that the DA fire Kohler Barnard.

She was disciplined for sharing a Facebook post calling for a return of apartheid-era president PW Botha.

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