Marius Fransman tests positive for COVID-19

Marius Fransman / Image via: flickr

COVID-19: Former ANC chairperson Marius Fransman tests positive

Former Western Cape ANC chairperson Marius Fransman confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Facebook on Tuesday.

Marius Fransman tests positive for COVID-19

Marius Fransman / Image via: flickr

Former African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman has tested positive for COVID-19. Fransman made the announcement in a Facebook post on Tuesday 31 March.

He urged all South Africans to get themselves tested if they show symptoms and to adhere to the lockdown regulations. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said five people have died of COVID-19 in South Africa and the number of COVID-19 cases had risen to 1 353.

Fransman announces he tested positive for COVID-19 

Fransman took to Facebook, saying that since his return from abroad two weeks ago, he didn’t feel well. This then prompted him to take a test last Monday. 

“After a week of waiting for my results, it is now confirmed I tested positive for the coronavirus. I am currently hospitalised, but doing fine. My family is being taken care of and will undergo relevant tests, as I have advised those who came into contact with me the last month, to do,” he said. 

Fransman said he is doing well under the circumstances and would like to appeal to South Africans to take the proper precautionary measures. 

“I am doing well under the circumstances, and want to appeal to everyone to get themselves tested if you show symptoms and let’s all start practising good hygiene, adhere to the lockdown regulations, and all join in the call to flatten the curve.”

Marius Fransman

Trouble with the ANC

In 2016, Fransman was suspended by the ANC on two charges of misconduct. Fransman was accused of sexual assault by his personal assistant, Louisa Wynand. Fransman was alleged to have sexually assaulted Wynand while en route to the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations in Rustenburg in January 2016.

In a statement, the ANC said Fransman had been found guilty of abusing his office for the purpose of attempting to obtain a sexual favour from Wynand, and for making public statements which brought the ANC into disrepute.

The National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) found both charges to be very serious and suspended his ANC membership for five years.

The party added that Fransman’s behaviour towards women showed no political understanding of one of the fundamental objectives of the ANC — the support for and advancement of women’s emancipation.

Fransman was baffled when he was informed by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in late 2018 that he would be charged with sexual harassment.