Fransman appeal may torpedo elective conference

Dennis Cruywagen, The New Age, Johannesburg, 15 November 2016

A strong leadership contingent has visited the Western Cape to resolve disputes and dissatisfac­tion over nominations for the August local government elec­tions.

The delegation also spent time on political education, as well as strategy and tactics.

Dispatched by the NEC, the team included deputy secretary- general Jessie Duarte, Water and Sanitation Minister Nom­vula Mokonyane, Health Minis­ter Aaron Motsoaledi and ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

Reflecting on the visit, ANC provincial head of communica­tions Jabu Mfusi said the delega­tion visited branches to discuss grievances of the manner in which candidates were selected. Branches included those in wards 34, 40, 93 and 101. “They want to hear about the grievances.”

Political Education

Of political education, he said, “We’ve emphasised there’s a lack of political education throughout our structures.”

Mfusi said that the five-year sentence imposed on Marius Fransman by the National Dis­ciplinary Committee has put the ANC in a leadership quandary. The penalty was announced last week.

When Fransman voluntarily stepped aside as chairperson ear­lier this year following allegations of sexual assault, Khaya Magaxa became acting chairperson while the NEC deployed three of its members to the province.

If Fransman appeals his sen­tence it will mean that Magaxa will probably continue to act as chairperson. With Fransman’s appeal looming, an election confer­ence to elect another chairperson cannot be held until the matter has been resolved. Fransman is expected to announce his future plans later this week.

Wynand sexually harassed me – Cloete

Meanwhile, Donovan Cloete, who was with Fransman when he allegedly made sexual advances towards Louisa Wynand, has accused the young Stellenbosch woman of coming on to him dur­ing the road trip to the ANC’s birthday celebrations.

He said in news reports he was surprised that the National Dis­ciplinary Committee did not call on him to give evidence during its two-day hearing that Frans­man did not attend because his testimony was no longer needed. In the light of his evidence, Cloete wants the NDC to reconsider its findings.

Speaking on the sidelines of an ANC Cadres Forum in Mahikeng on Sunday, secre­tary-general Gwede Manatshe said that Fransman had to fol­low the party’s appeal struc­ture and that his case would be accorded a fair hearing.

Disagreement? What disagreement? – Mantashe

“Fransman has gone through disciplinary hearing processes and he has the right to appeal. However he does not do that, but appeals through ANN7, Sunday Times and SABC. That is not the relevant process to launch an appeal,” he said.

Regarding reports of tensions between Fransman and himself, Mantashe said: “I do not know that there are disagreements between me and Comrade Marius Fransman.”

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