Jeffery: Rape cases reported years after crime difficult to prove

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffrey’s comments come after former ANC Member of Parliament Jennifer Ferguson’s recent allegations against Safa boss Danny Jordaan.

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffrey Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery says rape cases reported years after the incident tend to be difficult to convict and has urged victims to lay complaints immediately.

Jeffrey’s comments come after former African National Congress Member of Parliament Jennifer Ferguson’s recent allegations against South African Football Association boss Danny Jordaan.

Ferguson took to social media accusing Jordaan of raping her over 20 years ago at a Port Elizabeth hotel.

The deputy minister held a briefing in Pretoria on Monday, where he announced the outcome of a recent forum held to review the Sexual Offenses Act, which was enacted 10 years ago.

While Jeffery has encouraged Ferguson to lay a complaint against Jordaan, he says such cases are difficult to prove.

“If a matter hasn’t been reported immediately or if a number of years have lapsed, it becomes difficult to collect supporting evidence.”

Jeffery says once the matter is before the courts, it can be fully dealt with.

He says while there’s been a decrease in reports of sexual offences, up to 72% of such crimes are successfully convicted.