Marius Fransman. Picture: GCIS
Marius Fransman. Picture: GCIS

ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman has resigned from the legislature but not from the party.

Fransman confirmed on Friday that he had resigned from his position in the provincial legislature, citing concern about the direction the ANC was taking.

He said his decision to return to the Western Cape to “fight alongside the poor and the downtrodden, and to address the imbalances between the haves and the have-nots in creating an inclusive society, is being curtailed by the ongoing ANC internal turmoil, infighting and factions, making it near impossible to execute my duties to ensure the upliftment of my constituents”.

The party’s provincial executive committee called two weeks ago for his suspension and this weekend he faces party disciplinary procedures relating to allegations that he sexually harassed his personal assistant early this year.

On Thursday he suffered a comprehensive defeat in the Cape Town High Court, where Judge Nolwazi Boqwana dismissed the case he brought against the speaker of the Western Cape legislature and the chairman of its standing committee on public accounts.

The case stemmed from Fransman’s reign as MEC for transport and public works between 2005 and 2008.

A study by the auditor-general found that R328m was spent on consultants in the department between 2005 and 2010‚ and Scopa wanted to question Fransman about the audit.

He was asked in February to step aside as provincial chairman and opposition leader in the Western Cape legislature.

Fransman said on Friday: “I can no longer justify a salary without the mechanism to deliver on my calling. I have searched my conscience; I have applied my mind; I have consulted with trusted comrades, and with my family, and I have concluded that the ANC at all levels is at an ebb in its glorious 104-year history of excellence, indicated by internal strife and contradictory statements.

“We didn’t join the struggle for such strife; we joined the struggle and our glorious movement to serve, and to serve with pride and dignity. I have reflected on the ‘Reconstruction and Development’ and the ‘Ready To Govern’ documents prior to 1994, and I have realised how far we have drifted from it.”

Fransman said he would dedicate his efforts to rebuilding the trust between the people, civil society and the ANC.

“I will continue to serve the ANC as the elected provincial chairperson of the Western Cape. I call on all like-minded comrades and friends to join me in this quest,” he said.

“We must always remember that the ANC belongs to the people, and not to the leaders and to us in parliament. When we have internal strife, it’s ultimately the people who suffer,” he said.

With TMG Digital/Cape Newsroom