City Press reported on Sunday that it had obtained a copy of the ANC’s integrity commission’s findings on sexual harassment charges against Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman.
His 21-year-old assistant Louisa Wynand laid the charges against him after the two travelled together to the party’s 104th birthday celebrations in Rustenburg, North West.
The commission, according to reporter Setumo Stone, now wants Fransman to relinquish all elected positions and not be eligible for election to any ANC structure for two years. It made this finding based on its view that Wynand’s testimony was reliable – thus dismissing the view from Fransman and his supporters that her charges formed part of a political conspiracy against him.
The main concern by the commission was reportedly that his actions brought the party into disrepute. Fransman told the paper that the ANC report formed part of “fighting factional battles” in the party and he doubted that anyone would take it seriously, although he also admitted that he had not yet seen the report or knew of its recommendations. Fransman reported wrote a letter of complaint in April against the commission over his concerns that its members were leaking information to the media.
The commission does not represent any legal process and has no impact on any criminal case against Fransman.
In May, Wynand revealed that the disappointing news from the police that her case was being dropped was communicated to her by the SA Police Service by WhatsApp, which the NPA said constituted unprofessional behaviour.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in North West Frank Lesenyego told The Citizen 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.
Wynand said she was “shocked and disappointed at the outcome of the investigation” and remained convinced that she had provided enough evidence against Fransman.
Her statement also decried the “lack of professionalism of having the news sent to her by WhatsApp”.
Wynand said she was considering further legal action.