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

SAFA continues to back Jordaan after Ferguson lays rape charge

SAFA says it will continue to stand by Danny Jordaan, after Jennifer Ferguson – the woman who accused him of raping her over 20 years ago – official laid a charge.

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

The South African Football Association (SAFA) reiterated that they will continue to back its president, Danny Jordaan, after a charge of rape was laid against him.

Jennifer Ferguson, a musician, political activist and a former MP, said over the weekend that she will be laying a charge.

Allegations against Jordaan first surfaced in October last year, with Ferguson going public in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The incident dates back to the 1990s.

She said it happened when she was performing at a banquet in Port Elizabeth.

Jordaan denied these allegations.

Earlier in the week, Ferguson was quoted by EWN as saying she was still waiting for Jordaan to make contact with her.

“In the two weeks, especially after I came out with naming him, I’ve been waiting for him to make personal contact with me. Not a wall of lawyers, I left that door open, I still leave the door open because I believe [through] our TRC process, our country has been committed to finding different ways. The legal systems fail us. The legal system will not serve the survivor of rape.”

Ferguson announced her decision to lay a charge against Jordaan via Facebook on Sunday morning. She wrote:

“After many months of deep consideration‚ consultation and attempts to mediate according to principles of restorative justice as embodied by the Truth and Reconciliation process South Africa has followed.

“I do this in the hope that other victims of sexual abuse will be empowered to speak out and act. I do this and ask for your support prayerful‚ in thought or action for all those affected by his sexual misconduct. I also am aware of the distress his family must be experiencing and express my sadness that they are inevitably affected. #wetoo.”

SAFA Communications Manager, Dominic Chimhavi, was quoted by Soccer Laduma as saying:

“From Safa, nothing changes. We prescribe to the notion of innocent until proven guilty. We have discussed this in the past and the stance remains the same .”