Internal turmoil, infighting and factionalism within the African National Congress have led to Marius Fransman resigning from his position as the ANC’s Western Province provincial leader in the legislature.
In a statement issued by Fransman earlier today, he said he will now dedicate his time to rebuilding trust between the people, civil society and the ANC. Fransman is still awaiting the outcome of internal processes brought against him after being accused of sexually assaulting 21-year-old Louisa Wynand while they were travelling to the party’s January 8 celebrations in Rustenburg.
“I have resigned as a member of the Western Cape Legislature today after 17 years of parliamentary service, of which 14 years were in ministerial positions both at provincial and national level,” he said.
“My decision, in 2013, 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-not’s in creating an inclusive society, is being curtailed by the ongoing ANC internal turmoil, infighting and factions, makes it near impossible to execute my duties to ensure the upliftment of my constituents.”
Fransman said he could no longer justify a salary without the mechanism to deliver on his 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 realized how far we have drifted from it,” he said.
Fransman said it was his humble opinion that the ANC must unify anew.
“The community wants an ANC restored to its former splendour and I believe that I may better answer to my calling by pursuing such an objective,” he said.
“I will dedicate my efforts to rebuild 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. 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 concluded by thanking all members of parliament who had served with him beyond party political affiliation during my parliamentary tenure.