Danny Jordaan, President of SAFA
Friday Oct 20, 2017. 12:30
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has been accused of rape.
Singer Jennifer Ferguson, who is a former African National Congress (ANC) MP, has disclosed that Jordaan raped her in a hotel nearly 24 years ago.
Ferguson finally found the courage to name and shame her alleged abuser when speaking to Talk Radio 702 on Thursday.
“I, as a woman who am empowered, who has been gifted and positioned with resources, if I found it impossible to report or speak out and it’s taken me this long, think of people that don’t have that,” Ferguson said.
According to The Citizen, she stated that it had taken her this long to share the story of her sexual assault because she believed she couldn’t prove it to anyone.
This was because Ferguson bathed straight after the incident, and that made it even more difficult to prove the rape had taken place.
“I was completely in shock. There is a voiceless constituency that I feel the story has to resonate with. It’s not a vendetta, sort of getting back at Danny, that is not my interest,” she continued.
“My decision is to speak truth in order to heal and to go through processes of forgiveness. It’s nothing as hard as keeping it.”
She added that her greatest hope was that her example would help others speak out, and her story would open a very necessary conversation around sexual assault.
Jordaan, 66, has not responded to Ferguson’s claim.