As Thursday’s deadline for the ANC’s newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay chair Andile Lungisa to step down came and went, suspended Western Cape ANC Chair, Marius Fransman, emerged from the political wilderness to bat for President Jacob Zuma’s anointed one. There is no love lost between Fransman and ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. On Thursday Fransman lashed out at Mantashe, accusing him of threatening Lungisa and abusing the ANC’s constitution. Lungisa, said Fransman, is a “visionary”. By MARIANNE THAMM.