For the first time since he was asked to step aside, Fransman was seen at the side of ANC president Jacob Zuma on Thursday, campaigning in the ANC’s election areas of Philippi, Khayelitsha and Delft, City Press reported. This was seen as an endorsement of Fransman by Zuma.
Mantashe said Zuma “cannot endorse Fransman”.
“There is no decision to reinstate him to the position,” the ANC secretary general said.
Mantashe said Fransman had to be disciplined. He reiterated that no decision could be made until Fransman appeared in the relevant party structures.
Meanwhile, Fransman said he refused to be side-tracked by individuals and groups bent on preventing him from helping the ANC return to lead as many municipalities as possible.
Fransman blamed the media, opposition parties and others within the ANC for tarnishing his reputation.
“My refusal to be digressed permits only a brief reference to the many sanctimonious snipes by ballyhoo media hounds; frightened opponents from within the ANC, and the opposition DA and EFF; and Pharisaical political personas attempting to hide in the shadows by directing the stage lights on me… It is indeed deplorable that a reputation can be subverted by unsubstantiated claims, even in the face of indisputable evidence against such claims.
“Be advised that I will indeed return to meet my detractors head-on with irrefutable facts, not yet released in deference to procedure, even compromised, and now belatedly concluded.”
‘We do not hate him’
Mantashe however denied that Fransman was being targeted within party structures. He said no one within the ANC hated Fransman, but like all members, “he had to follow relevant structures”.
“We do not hate him. There is no reason to hate him. He must be disciplined and loyal. We have no control over the disciplinary structures. The disciplinary committee will move as swiftly as possible. Organisations take decision structurally, they don’t just jump and take decisions,” Mantashe said.
Fransman has been accused of sexually harassing 21-year-old Louisa Wynand while they were travelling to the party’s January 8 celebrations in Rustenburg.
The sexual harassment case against Fransman was sent to the Northern Cape’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), after the DPP in North West decided not to proceed with the case, due to insufficient evidence.
The Northern Cape DPP had some queries, and had sent the docket back to the investigating officer.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said on Thursday that they had not yet received the docket back from the investigating officer.