National 22.8.2016 12:10 pm

Fransman accuses ANC leaders of plot to unseat him

President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with the ANC Western Cape provincial chairman Marius Fransman during the party's election campaign at Phillipi on July 21, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images

President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with the ANC Western Cape provincial chairman Marius Fransman during the party's election campaign at Phillipi on July 21, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images

The embattled ANC Western Cape leader says he has evidence of a plot to unseat him from power.

African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman has accused the party’s provincial leaders of dishonesty and trying to unseat him from power.

The beleaguered leader – accused of sexually harassing his secretary earlier this year – said in a Facebook post he had evidence of a plot to unseat him and has stuck to his claim that it is all part of a smear campaign against him.

He has also rejected claims that he is to blame for the ANC’s poor electoral showing in the Western Cape following the recently concluded municipal elections. Fransman has been quoted in media reports saying Boland regional secretary Jonton Snyman and provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs are partly to blame for the dismal performance.

“Both the provincial secretary and the regional secretary in Boland refused to ensure that ward candidates and PR candidates were registered on the list after they had gone through the proper ANC list process.”

Earlier this month, the ANC warned him against making public statements about the sexual harassment case. The party said his remarks might work against him in future.

The ANC’s national working committee is still considering whether to institute disciplinary charges against him following a recommendation from a report by the integrity committee.

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