Former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused current South African Football Association boss Danny Jordaan of rape.
Inspired by the #MeToo campaign, in a Facebook post that has since been widely shared and a subsequent blog post, Ferguson shared the details of her alleged ordeal. The incident took place 24 years ago in Port Elizabeth after she was a performer at an event.
Part of her post reads:
“A few minutes later the door opened and he entered and without a word grabbed me and forced me onto the bed from behind. He overpowered me and painfully raped me. It must have been over in about 20 seconds although it felt like a lifetime. He left immediately without saying a word.”
“It was not easy meeting Jordaan in the breakfast area of the Hotel. He disappeared as soon as I arrived. I would see him at many political gatherings thereafter, in the corridors of the parliament, in our caucus. He would never meet me in the eye. Slide away as fast as possible.”
Ferguson also said that she felt that going to the police would be “intolerable”.
The Daily Maverick ran the story this morning, having spoken to Ferguson and made attempts to contact Jordaan. The publication reports:
The decision by Daily Maverick to name Danny Jordaan as the alleged perpetrator of the rape in our reporting was not taken lightly. It is normal media practice for someone accused of a serious crime not to be named until he or she is charged.
But, the publication points out, there is no indication that there will be any charges and the original Facebook post, which named Jordaan, has been widely shared.
As such, the information is already in the public domain – and given Jordaan’s significant stature in local sports and politics, undoubtedly of public interest.
Daily Maverick also afforded Jordaan ample right of reply to the allegation, attempting to contact him via telephone, WhatsApp, SMS, voicemail and email over the course of five hours. WhatsApps sent to his cellphone were read, but not responded to – including a final message informing Jordaan that we intended to name him. We also received no response from attempts to contact Jordaan associates and former spokespeople.
Messages sent to South African Football Association (SAFA) spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi’s phone were also read but not responded to. This was also the case with attempts to contact ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.
By: The South African