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Fransman on a campaign trail in Cederberg

Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape, Marius Fransman, is on the campaign trail at Citrusdal in the Cederberg Municipality ahead of the August 3 Local Government Elections.

Fransman says he is addressing the residents as the leader of the party in the province.

Fransman made a surprise appearance at an ANC election campaign on the Cape Flats this week alongside President Jacob Zuma. He was suspended earlier in 2016 following complaints of sexual harassment involving a young woman.

Fransman says he wants to make sure that the ANC in the West Coast is strengthened and he’s drumming up support for the ward candidates and mayoral candidates.

“We have come to support the ANC campaign; the mayoral candidate in the Cederberg area. It’s an area which the ANC lost in 2011 … I was away for a while. For six months I was not part of the campaign.”

However, ANC National spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, has dismissed reports suggesting that Fransman had been reinstated to his position.

Earlier this week, ANC Head of Election and Water and Sanitation Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, told journalists that issues which had led to the suspension of ANC Provincial chairperson Marius Fransman had been resolved.

She said, “He is back in the ANC as the chair the issues have been resolved.”

However, ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, is reported to have disputed Mokonyane’s remarks saying she had no authority to pronounce on the matter.

Kodwa has also echoed Mantashe’s view saying the matter is still before the ANC National Disciplinary Committee and Fransman is not back in his position.

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