Western Cape indigenous groups call for Fransman to be reinstated

2016-08-11 18:01

Cape Town - Two indigenous groups in the Western Cape have asked ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe to reinstate embattled provincial leader Marius Fransman.

The !Kai Korana and the Ubiqua-San National wrote to Mantashe, saying they accepted his authority to discipline Fransman, but felt different standards were applied to him due to political reasons ahead of the local government elections.

Fransman has been embroiled in drawn out ANC disciplinary proceedings after he was accused of sexually harassing his personal assistant in January, while they were on their way to the party’s January 8 celebrations in Rustenburg.

“The events leading up to the 'suspension' of Western Cape ANC [chairperson] Marius Fransman, set the stage for a major setback for the ANC at the local elections, especially in the rural towns and farm areas,” they wrote in the open letter on Thursday.

'Poisoned plot'

“The decision of the NPA in North West was not to prosecute Fransman, but a consistent witch-hunt within the ANC against him continued even more aggressively.

“This confirmed our fears of a poisoned plot against an elected provincial leader of the ANC, a poisoned plot that will not stop until they have destroyed Marius Fransman.”

In May, North West prosecutors decided not to proceed with the sexual harassment case, due to insufficient evidence. The matter was subsequently sent to the Northern Cape's Director of Public Prosecutions, who sent the docket back to the investigating officer with queries.

The groups wrote that the party needed to reinstate Fransman to be more competitive in the 2019 general elections. The DA won the Western Cape with an absolute majority in last week’s local government elections.

“We plead with you and the national leadership not to further ignore the plea of the ANC constituency support,” they said.

Mantashe could not immediately be reached for comment.



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