The chairperson of the ANC in the Western Cape, Marius Fransman, says he has “experienced personal pain” in the past months. Speaking outside a Kuilsriver voting station in Cape Town, the embattled leader said he would continue to strive for unity in the ANC. This despite his claims last week that some quarters of the ANC were out to get him.
His reinstatement has been stalled, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. He stands accused of sexually harassing his former assistant, Louisa Wynand. He has argued through the media that an ANC Integrity Commission report on his conduct was seriously flawed. “Over the last couple of months, I’ve experienced personal pain… but I continue to be a volunteer on the ground and do the work.
“The reality is whatever, whoever, or what the people say out there… my love is with the people. There is an issue that we will resolve after the elections, but that issue we will not speak about today,” he said.
Despite the uncertainty about his suspension being lifted, Fransman seemed sure he would be around for the next five years.
He was, however, disappointed that, for seven to eight months, the sexual harassment charge hanging over him had meant he hadn’t been able to campaign for the party as much as he wanted to. “But those that know me know that I am an election machine, I love working… It would have been brilliant to be around.”
But the Democratic Alliance, Fransman said, “didn’t do a lot”. “If I look at the campaign; if I look at what they’ve done on the ground, I don’t think there’s a lot. I think they assume a lot. I think if you look at how Patricia [de Lille] fared… against [ANC mayoral candidate Xolani] Sotashe, he outsmarted and outclassed her completely,” said Fransman.