Justice Minister reacts to Danny Jordaan sexual assault claims

Jennifer Ferguson claims Jordaan sexually assaulted her at a Port Elizabeth hotel in 1997.

FILE: Justice Minister Michael Masutha. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha has reacted to reports of sexual assault against South African Football Association head Danny Jordaan, saying it’s up to the alleged victim to report the crime so it can be investigated.

Jennifer Ferguson claims Jordaan sexually assaulted her at a Port Elizabeth hotel in 1997.

Masutha says he can’t deal with statements made to the media and can only address cases within the criminal justice system.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the opening of the national forum on sexual offenses in Kempton Park.

Minister Masutha has touched on the various ways the criminal justice system could improve the way it deals with sexual offenses.

However, he says he prefers not to comment about matters being reported on in the media such as Jordaan’s case.

“I can’t suddenly take sides in a matter of that nature, it could end up being one word against another.”

Masutha says he encourages victims of sexual abuse to come forward and report cases of violence.