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Marius Fransman has resigned from the Western Cape legislature.

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has confirmed that he resigned from his position in the legislature but not from the ruling party.

Yesterday, the Western Cape High Court ruled against Fransman’s application to avoid appearing before the Provincial Legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa).

In 2014, Fransman and colleague Pierre Uys were summoned by Scopa to answer questions related to an Auditor-General’s report.

During the meeting, the pair abruptly left when Democratic Alliance members of the committee objected to their request for a postponement.

Scopa demanded that Fransman and then fellow ANC member Uys explain why billions of rands were spent by the provincial government on consultants over a period of three years.

Uys says Fransman has resigned with immediate effect.

“I can confirm that I received his resignation today and the speaker received his resignation; he’s resigned with immediate effect.”