Fransman quits legislature but still faces disciplinary inquiry

Controversial African National Congress chairman of the Western Cape‚ Marius Fransman‚ has resigned as a member of the provincial legislature but still faces a disciplinary inquiry at the weekend.

Fransman quit on Friday. ANC chief whip in the legislature Pierre Uys said ‘’no reasons were given’’ for his abrupt resignation.

“A letter was addressed to the speaker and to me … I am sure that in due course he will provide reasons‚’’ said Uys.

On Thursday The Times newspaper reported that Fransman would‚ according to national party spokesman Zizi Kodwa‚ face a party disciplinary committee in Cape Town on Sunday. This is in relation to sexual harassment allegations made against him by his former personal assistant.

ANC provincial spokesman Jabu Mfusi said Fransman has not cut ties with the ANC.

“Comrade Marius has not resigned as the chairman of the ANC in the Western Cape or as a member of the ANC either‚’’ said Mfusi.

On Thursday the Western Cape High Court dismissed an application brought by Fransman against the speaker in the legislature and the chairman of the standing committee on public accounts.

The matter dates back to when he was Transport and Public Works MEC between 2005 and 2008.

The auditor general found that R328-million was spent on consultants and Scopa wanted Fransman to answer.

Fransman described the hearing as ‘’nothing more than an abuse of the Scopa process’’.

Judge Nolwazi Boqwana dismissed his application to overturn Scopa’s decision.

“The judiciary would be impermissibly impinging on the terrain of the legislature if it were to do what (he) wants it to do.” Judge Boqwana said.

– TMG Digital

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