Police have made contact with ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman’s accuser, she has said in a statement.
The 21-year-old Louisa Wynand, through spokesperson Gavin Prins from Red Dot Communication, said she was still puzzled about the true status of the case, but that it was still going ahead.
The Stellenbosch woman has accused the Western Cape ANC leader of sexual harassment during the party’s January 8 celebrations.
“Our client is obviously relieved that the matter is going ahead and, out of respect for the investigation, she will not speak to the media anymore regarding this matter,” the statement read.
Police contacted Wynand last week, according to the statement.
The young woman also confirmed, through Prins, that a series of WhatsApp messages published on Monday by Daily Maverick were real.
“I can confirm that the WhatsApp messages between Louisa and Marius during the time of the incident are indeed those published by the Daily Maverick Online newspaper.”
The Daily Maverick on Monday reported that a series of WhatsApp messages between the two had been forwarded to the NPA.
The conversations ranged from work arrangements to the flirty, with Fransman advising the 21-year-old to bring informal “and sensual” gear on the trip.
In one message, Fransman allegedly tells Wynand not to share the news of the new job with her boyfriend because we “don’t need jealous guys around”.
Wynand then tells him she does not mix business with pleasure, to which Fransman allegedly replies: “Good… but hey there will be pleasure in business?”
The NPA on Tuesday told News24 that the case had been referred back to the investigating officer.[Source: News24]