ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman was kwaad to learn that his party wants him out via the media.
This after a report by the ANC’s Integrity Committee regarding sexual harassment charges brought against Fransman earlier this year, was “leaked” to a Sunday newspaper.
The committee reportedly found that he brought the ANC into disrepute and tarnished the party’s reputation, and recommended that he vacate his position as leader in the province.
An angry Fransman says he intends challenging the findings, and slammed his colleagues for leaking the report.
“I’m actually shocked and surprised that I must read of the report in the media. Such outrageous breach of the ANC protocol and principle clearly brings the ANC into disrepute and seriously tarnishes the image of the ANC,” says Fransman.
Fransman is accused of forcing his personal assistant Louisa Wynand to share a bed with him and fondling her during a trip to the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations in North West Province in January.
Fransman has denied the claims, saying Wynand was part of a political plot to oust him.
Wynand also alleged that she was offered a study bursary by a member of the ANC Integrity Committee, which Fransman claimed was her “reward” for implicating him.
Fransman says the Integrity Committee’s report has violated his constitutional right to remain innocent until proven guilty.
He said that he was going to take the issue up with the party’s top structures.
“I respect my elders in the integrity committee but I have cautioned already in April that the process is used in a factional way.”
According to City Press, the Integrity Committee recommended that Fransman relinquish all positions he holds within the ANC, he should also not be nominated for any position until a review of the decision in two years’ time.
Fransman has called on the committee to provide him with a copy of their findings.
He says there has been no communication to him from the ANC about his case before the integrity committee, and he keeps getting “surprised” when he reads new details in the media.
ANC spokesman Khusela Sangoni said the party would not publicly discuss any reports of the committee with the media.