Jordaan denies rape allegation
In a statement, Safa boss Danny Jordaan denies former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson's claims that he raped her in Port Elizabeth in 19
JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) boss Danny Jordaan has now formally denied the rape allegation made by former African National Congress Member of Parliament Jennifer Ferguson.
In a statement released by his legal team on Wednesday, Jordaan denies Ferguson's claims that he raped her in Port Elizabeth in 1997.
Last month Ferguson posted a Facebook blog post in which she made the allegation following a campaign, which encouraged women and men to speak out against sexual assault.
It’s the first time Jordaan has broken his silence in two weeks.
In the statement, Jordaan says his perceived silence in the face of such serious allegations is because of his empathy with the victims of gender-based violence.
Jordaan's lawyer Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi said: “While Dr Jordaan supports public debate as an essential tool to highlight the issue of gender-based violence, however, in this case, there are two opposing versions that cannot be resolved in the media or elsewhere in substitution to a court of law.”
Jordaan is now considering his options to respond to more women claiming they have been sexually harassed by him.
Ferguson has called on other women to come forward if they have suffered the same ordeal at the hands of Jordaan and she is considering criminal charges.
Mohlala-Mulaudzi says they are now discussing claims by other women.
“Without the details, it becomes very difficult for us to take the matter further. But we will be taking instructions today from the client to ascertain whether he has now got a different perception with regard to the way forward on the matter.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Jordaan's former lawyer Norman Ardense denied allegations made by Ferguson that he was fishing for information to discredit her.
Ferguson claims that Jordaan's former lawyer contacted the father of her child, asking him for any information to be used as part of a smear campaign against her.