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Intentions behind ANC's alleged bursary offer to Fransman’s accuser unclear

It remains unclear whether the bursary allegedly offered to Marius Fransman’s sexual harassment accuser was an act of good will or political meddling.

It's alleged that 21-year-old Louisa Wynand was offered a bursary to the university of her choice after testifying in front of the the ANC's integrity committee.

After Louisa Wynand gave a tearful testimony to the integrity committee, one of the female members sent her an e-mail offering to help her.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

EWN's Rahima Essop says the offer could be seen as an effort to coax Wynand into dropping the case against the ANC leader.

At the same time, the overzealous integrity committee member has been quoted as saying the offer was a sincere gesture, although it may have been misconstrued.

Good deed or political interference? Only time will show.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

According to Essop, the scandal facing Fransman (and possible prosecution) could affect party leadership ahead of the municipal elections.

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Radebe reassures and congratulates SA over dodging junk status

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Govt needs to rethink '16 Days' campaign, says professor

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All the money spent on the two-week-long campaign could be put to better use, into on-going programmes and social interventions.

Flirty texts add to the case against Marius Fransman, says Daily Maverick journo

Flirty texts add to the case against Marius Fransman, says Daily Maverick journo

Since this evidence surfaced, the Northern Cape NPA will now investigate sexual assault claims levelled against Marius Fransman.

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

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

The text messages reveal how Marius Fransman flirted with Louisa Wynand (20), and talked about "mixing business with pleasure".

The woman who levelled sexual assault claims against ANC's Fransman speaks out

The woman who levelled sexual assault claims against ANC's Fransman speaks out

Louisa Wynand, who accussed ANC's Marius Fransman of sexual assault, has spoken out for the first time since laying the charge.