I have been vindicated - Fransman

2016-04-11 17:55
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Cape Town – ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman has been vindicated, he said on Monday.

This after the so-called "nepotism" accusations levelled against him by former Cape Agulhas municipal manager Reynold Stevens, were essentially dismissed by the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

Fransman said he had instructed his lawyers to start a civil suit against Stevens for tarnishing his name, after what he called a "multi-prong frontal attack on my character".

Stevens had applied to have Cape Agulhas municipal manager Dean O’Neill’s appointment set aside, due to "political interference" in the selection process. O’Neill is Fransman’s brother-in-law.

Stevens, who was municipal manager in 2008, alleged his contract was not renewed due to interference by the ANC Western Cape’s regional and provincial leadership.

Stevens application has since failed, after the court found that O'Neill got his job without political interference.

Fransman said the court had found that he was in no way involved in his brother-in-law's appointment.

Calling the accusation "a smokescreen", Fransman said his character has been dented by the allegations.

He said the courts and the public had been misled by claims that the party had interfered in O’Neill’s appointment.

Fransman was now waiting on his lawyers to instruct him on the damages he should be seeking.

"I am not interested in an apology though. The assault on my character was deliberate and calculated."

He said it was not only his character, but also that of his family, which had been slandered.

In January, Fransman told News24 that those behind the nepotism claims were simply adding fuel to the fires that were burning around him following a sexual assault allegation laid against him by a 20-year-old woman - a member of his staff - who accused him of inappropriate touching.

Fransman said in January that he had objected to O’Neill’s appointment, but had been overruled on the basis of his work experience.

Stevens could not be immediately reached for comment.

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