Louisa Wynand, who laid a sexual harassment charge against her then-boss, former ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman, in 2016, said she was worried that the case had taken such a long time to get before the courts.
This comes after the Northern Cape National Prosecuting Authority said earlier this week that Fransman would appear in the Kimberly magistrate's court for this matter, despite there being no formal charge sheet.
Wynand said she simply wanted the matter to be resolved. “I am pleased that there is movement on the case. However, I am concerned that the investigators on the case informed the media of this new development, as opposed to informing the parties involved. I really hope this is not going to be a case that is going to be heard and judged in the media.”
Wynand’s misgivings come as the ANC investigates sexual harassment and rape allegations made by two women against acting spokesman Zizi Kodwa and spokesman Pule Mabe.
This week the pair were removed from their positions within the party pending internal investigations.
In recent years, the ANC has received harsh criticism for its lack of policy on matters of sexual harassment, including some from its Women’s League which called for action against those found guilty.