The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s chief whip in the Western Cape legislature says Marius Fransman will still be held accountable before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) despite his resignation.

Yesterday, the Western Cape High Court ruled against his application to avoid appearing before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts regarding alleged mismanagement of funds.

DA Chief Whip in the Western Cape Government, Mark Wiley, says DA is not surprised by Fransman’s resignation.

“We’re not surprised by Mr Fransman’s move; he had an absolutely astounding defeat in the high court yesterday.”

Mr Wiley says Fransman will still be held accountable for the alleged mismanagement of millions of rands of public funds during his term as provincial transport and public works MEC.

“Despite the fact that Mr Fransman might have resigned, it will not prevent the legislature from still summoning him to answer for the points that were raised by the Auditor General in 2012.”

Wiley says the embattled ANC leader is likely to be called to appear in front of the committee anytime soon.