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Sun Sep 25 09:09:26 SAST 2016

COPE accuses ANC of ‘ducking and diving’ on Fransman debacle

TMG Digital | 16 January, 2016 14:56
Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman during the ANC Western Cape's press conference at Sahara House in Thibault Square, Cape Town on Saturday 16 January 2016.
Image by: Esa Alexander

The Congress of the People party (COPE) has accused the ANC in the Western Cape of “ducking and diving” on the issue of its continued leadership by Marius Fransman who is facing charges of sexual harassment.

A 20-year-old woman has accused Fransman of "inappropriate touching" while they were on their way to Rustenburg in the North West for the ANC's 104th anniversary celebrations last weekend.

Despite the charges‚ the ANC has stated that Fransman will remain in his position as leader of the party in the Western Cape.

COPE said on Saturday that the charges against the ANC provincial leader were serious‚ both legally and politically‚ and that he should be suspended.

“At a time when gender issues are politically significant and pertinent‚ the ANC leadership is unwilling to grasp the nettle. Outwardly it proclaims a belief in gender equality and stands for tough legal action against rapists and molesters of women.

"That is‚ until an ANC leader is involved. Then it begins to back pedal and wriggle and squirm as it is now doing‚” COPE spokesman Dennis Bloem asserted.

The law had to apply equally to all persons‚ he stated. “But‚ for the ANC this is unpalatable and something that it is patently unwilling to subscribe to. Repeatedly‚ it frees its leaders from facing legal consequences‚” Bloem added.


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