Hugs all round as controversial Fransman votes

2016-08-03 14:40
Marius Fransman having a chat with supporters as he arrived in Kuilsriver to vote. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Cape Town - Marius Fransman received warm greetings and hugs from ANC supporters before he was swamped by media waiting for him to vote at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kuilsriver on Wednesday.

"My vote is not my secret. I will be voting for the African National Congress," said Fransman, who has had a fraught year in terms of his relationship with the party's leadership.

The Fransman row came as the party shifted gears in its bid to wrest control of the City of Cape Town metro from the DA.

His personal assistant, Louisa Wynand, accused him of sexual harassment as they travelled to the ANC's birthday rally in Rustenburg in January. He has denied the allegations.

Criminal allegations

There was confusion last week after ANC stalwart, Nomvula Mokonyane, said while on the campaign trail with President Jacob Zuma that Fransman was back at work. The politician had been keeping a low profile during an internal process aimed at resolving the allegations against him.

The National Prosecuting Authority is dealing with the criminal allegations but the Northern Cape's director of public prosecution is still to decide whether or not to pursue charges against the ANC politician.

Secretary general Gwede Mantashe quickly denied that Fransman was back at work. Fransman then took Mantashe and head of the party's integrity commission, Frene Ginwala, to the Western Cape High Court get a copy of the party's Integrity Commission findings.

He said at the time he believed the party had not followed its own internal processes properly.

Integrity commission findings

The court ordered that he be given a copy of the findings, and Fransman dropped further court action. He also agreed to mediation between himself and the party.

He told News24 he was the ANC's provincial chairperson, and had been throughout the crisis, in spite of the issues he faced and claims to the contrary.

After voting, Fransman said he had missed the buzz of campaigning, describing himself as an "election machine".

"Challenges come and go...I know the detail, I know the what, and I know the where. But for today, that is not my interest,'' he said.

He wanted people to come out and vote and supported Xolani Sotashe as the party''s mayoral candidate in the metro. He said he would remain active because of his love for the people and the communities.

"There is [an] issue that we will resolve after elections, but that issue [Wynand] we will not speak about today," said Fransman.

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