Charles Cilliers
2 minute read
23 May 2016
5:04 pm

Fransman sex case: ‘A WhatsApp was not professional’

Charles Cilliers

The woman who accused ANC leader Marius Fransman of sexual harassment was informed by WhatsApp that her case was being dropped, which the NPA says constitutes unprofessional behaviour.

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman. Photo: GCIS

The Marius Fransman sexual harassment accuser who today revealed her identity after being told her case would not be prosecuted also revealed that the disappointing news was delivered to her by the police using WhatsApp.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in North West Frank Lesenyego told The Citizen that his team had come to the conclusion that there was not enough evidence available to prosecute the suspended Western Cape ANC chairperson and had asked the SA Police Service (SAPS) investigating officer on the case to inform the complainant, who was today revealed as 21-year-old Louisa Wynand, according to TimesLive.

Wynand said she was “shocked and disappointed at the outcome of the investigation” and remained convinced that she had provided enough evidence against Fransman, who was suspended in the wake of her allegations.

The statement on her behalf added: “The investigating officer sent Wynand a WhatsApp message on Thursday evening informing her that the DPP (director of public prosecution) indicated they would not proceed with the prosecution because of a lack of evidence. Fransman was part of a Western Cape delegation attending the party’s January 2016 celebrations when the incident took place at a guesthouse near Sun City in the North West Province.”

Her statement also decried the “lack of professionalism of having the news sent to her by WhatsApp”.

When The Citizen tried to contact the province’s police spokesperson, our call rang unanswered, but the NPA’s Lesenyego commented on the WhatsApp revelation by saying: “We sent correspondence to the SAPS that they should inform the complainant. A more professional way would have been to make a phone call and to then send an official letter on a letterhead. I, however, do not wish to speak on behalf of the police.”

Wynand said she was considering further legal action.

The Citizen is continuing to try to reach the SAPS for comment.