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W Cape ANC to announce new leadership following suspensions

The African National Congress (ANC) says it will only be decided on Monday’s meeting, in Cape Town, who will replace Marius Fransman as leader of the party in the Western Cape.

This comes after the ANC’s National Working Commitee on Thursday asked Fransman to step down while a complaint of sexual harassment against him is being investigated.

The Provincial Secretary, Faiez Jacobs, also faces suspension on allegations of assaulting a colleague.

With the Local Government Elections looming the turmoil faced by the ANC in the Western Cape comes at the wrong time. The party needs to be at full strength if it wants to regain control of the only metro in the country it does not dominate.

Not only are two provincial leaders facing possible suspension but their Beaufort West mayor is also under pressure.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid charges against Truman Prince after it emerged he had written a letter to a CETA,
requesting that a construction company sympathetic to the ANC be awarded a tender.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has distanced the party from such activities, saying Prince cannot be reckless on behalf of the ANC.

In another high profile incident, Provincial ANC Secretary Jacobs’ disciplinary hearing for assaulting ANC researcher colleague, Wesley Seale, is expected to take place this weekend.

Seale says Jacobs had called him to his office where the assault allegedly took place.

“What I can indicate at this stage is that I was assaulted by the Provincial Secretary of the ANC in the Western Cape; the matter is at the moment both in the internal processes of the ANC for disciplinary hearing which will be happening on Saturday, but also with the police. I am informed that Mr Jacobs has been charged by the police and a court date of the February 11 has been set for his first appearance,” says Seale.

Jacobs was given 48 hours in which to supply reasons why he should not be suspended, while a police investigation and internal disciplinary processes are underway.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says it will be the provincial leadership that decides on replacements of the two officials.

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– By Thandiswa Mawu

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