The DA wants Marius Fransman to pay back the money.
According to the party, the embattled ANC provincial leader owes the Western Cape Provincial Parliament R670 000 in legal fees.
Democratic Alliance Chief Whip in the province, Mark Wiley, says: “The fees emanate from Fransman’s attempts to avoid accountability for his part in R9.2 billion being spent on consultants while he was the Minister of Transport in the Western Cape.”
SCOPA summoned Fransman to appear before it on 23 April 2014 to provide evidence relating to the inquiry. But he refused to take an oath and walked out before the hearing could take place.
In mid-2014, Fransman filed an application at the Western Cape High Court, contesting the right of the legislature to do its work. On 15 September 2016, Judge Boqwana dismissed Fransman’s application and ordered that he pay the resulting legal costs.
Wiley said Fransman wasted taxpayer’s money and urged the ANC to address the matter yesterday, when Fransman was supposed to appear for an internal disciplinary hearing, regarding allegations of sexual harassment made against him earlier in the year.
Fransman did not attend the hearing yesterday either, and sent his lawyer instead, saying he was still waiting for “minutes and resolutions from the NWC (national working committee)” regarding his matter.
He also dismissed Wiley’s statements, saying: “That is an old matter and the case was the State vs the State. I am not required to pay back legal fees as I was represented by the state.”
ANC spokesman Yonela Diko says: “The ANC is not party to the matter. There is neither an order against the ANC nor a need to express a view.”