Byon November 10, 2016
The ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) has suspended Western Cape party leader Marius Fransman’s for five years.
The ANC says he was found guilty of abusing his office for the purpose of attempting to obtain a sexual favour from Louisa Wynand, and for making public statements which brought the ANC into disrepute.
ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni says the NDC found both charges to be very serious.
“The NDC said that the charged member showed no political understanding of one of the fundamental objectives of the ANC viz. the support for and advancement of women’s emancipation. As a provincial leader in the ANC he should have known about the triple oppression of South African women and the giant strides being made by the ANC to accord women their rights and help them to overcome their oppression.”
Sangoni said Fransman misled the public when he denied receiving documents to enable him to prepare for his disciplinary hearing. She said he further failed to attend the hearing and showed no remorse for his misconduct.
“Discipline is the glue that holds the ANC together. There is no room in the ANC for leaders and members, irrespective of position or seniority, who show scant regard for the values and objectives of the ANC and who consciously choose to define themselves outside the organisation in breach of their membership oath,” said Sangoni.
Louisa accused Fransman of sexual harassment in January this year while they were in the North West for the ANC birthday rally. Speaking to News24 early this year, the 21-year-old said her human rights had been violated by Fransman. She put it on record that the matter was not a political issue.
“It didn’t matter what his profession is – I would still have reported him for what he’s done,” Louisa told News24.