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Incriminating WhatsApp texts could reopen Marius Fransman’s sexual assault case

The Daily Maverick has published a series of text messages apparently sent by controversial African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape leader Marius Fransman to 20-year-old Louisa Wynand.

Wynand, a former employee, accused Fransman of sexual assault during a trip from Cape Town to the ANC's January 8 statement in Rustenburg.

However, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the North West had dropped the case due to "insufficient evidence".

The newly emerged text messages reveal how Fransman flirted with Wynand, and talked about "mixing business with pleasure".

A screengrab of alleged texts from Marius Fransman published by Daily Maverick

The Daily Maverick reports that Fransman asked Wynand not to tell her boyfriend that he had hired her, to avoid jealousy.

Although he was never prosecuted, Fransman may still have a case to answer in a different province.

To read the report detailing the contents of the text messages, click here.

CapeTalk's John Maytham spoke to Marianne Thamm who says that a lot need to be explored in this case.

She says there are witnesses who are prepared to testify on the matter and people need to do their jobs properly.

If Fransman believes this is an unfair accusation let him bring evidence, lets do this in an open court and have a fair trial.

Marianne Thamm of the Daily Maverick

Listen to the full conversation below:


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