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Safa president, Danny Jordaan. Photo: Action Images / Andre Durao

“Danny Jordaan is a liar, he did rape me” – Ex ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson

Ferguson has hit back at Jordaan’s defence, issued yesterday in a statement

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Safa president, Danny Jordaan. Photo: Action Images / Andre Durao

Yesterday, Danny Jordaan officially broke his silence over allegations he raped Jennifer Ferguson 24 years ago. However, the former ANC MP and musician has called him a liar.

Jordaan issued a statement yesterday through his attorney, Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi. He protested that he was innocent of raping Ferguson in a Port Elizabeth hotel back in 1993, as she claimed two weeks ago.

However, speaking to eNCA yesterday, Ferguson rubbished that statement. In no uncertain terms, she labelled Jordaan a rapist:

“I was raped in a hotel room by Danny Jordaan. There is no question about what happened. If he wants to play on nuances of that to imply than anywhere that it was consensual then he is lying.”

Danny Jordaan kept quiet for “Gender Violence’s sake”

The SAFA chief had chosen to remain silent in the two weeks that followed, as his statement claimed that he had to show sensitivity to victims of gender-based violence.

“Dr Jordaan’s perceived silence in the face of such serious allegations is because of his empathy with the victims of gender-based violence. Dr Jordaan has, however, after careful consideration decided to assert his innocence.

Jennifer Ferguson speaks about her ordeal

Ferguson herself made the accusation as the #MeToo campaign was established, in the face of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The movement encouraged women to speak out about the occasions they had faced sexual harrassment or assault, to show others they weren’t alone. The feedback was overwhelming.

Jennifer’s allegation was made on a widely-shared Facebook post, and disclosed the gruesome details of the alleged attack:

“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.”

Sexual assault has been under intense spotlight these last few weeks, ranging from scandals in Hollywood to those in politics. It seems like wherever there is power, there is an abuse of that power.