Fransman move a belated ANC bid to 'clean house' - DA

2016-01-28 20:30
Marius Fransman.

Marius Fransman.

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Johannesburg - The ANC's decision to have its Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman step aside while he faces allegations of sexual assault must be seen as the party's attempt to "clean house at a time when its reputation is in tatters", said the DA.

In a statement, it said it was the first step to cleaning out criminality in the party's provincial structures.

"Fransman’s axing from political leadership could not be delayed any longer, as the beleaguered leader lurches from scandal to scandal," it said.

The ANC confirmed on Thursday that it had told Fransman to step down pending an investigation into allegations of sexual assault levelled against him.

When news first broke of the allegations against Fransman, DA Western Cape leader Patricia de Lille called for him to be suspended.

ANC Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs has also been given 48 hours to explain why he should not be suspended.

Jacobs was placed on precautionary suspension in December after he was accused of assaulting a staff member.

This comes after the ANC's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals earlier this week set aside his suspension.

He went back to work on Tuesday after the suspension was set aside on Monday.

The DA wanted the ANC to take action against others in the province such as MP Bongani Mkongi who called on people to join the ruling party in torching the Cape Town building on which the 'Zuma Must Fall' banner was erected.

Also in its sights is Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince who requested that a tender be given to a construction company which was "sympathetic and having a relationship with the ANC".

"Until such time as all criminal acts and allegations are taken seriously by the ANC, it will be seen for what it is: an organisation that protects and fosters criminal conduct," the DA said.

"We call on the ANC in Luthuli House to effect the same ruling on Bongi Mkongi and Truman Prince immediately."

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