South African Football President Denies Raping Former Lawmaker
South Africa’s football association president, Danny Jordaan is fighting to rescue his name.
A former lawmaker and singer has made rape allegations against him as part of the #MeToo social media movement against sexual assault.
He has denied it.
The former lawmaker, Jennifer Ferguson claimed online that Jordaan, who was responsible for organising the 2010 World Cup and also sits on the Confederation of African Football’s executive committee, raped her in hotel room in 1993.
“Dr. Jordaan denies that he raped Ms Ferguson,” his lawyer, Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi said in a statement.
“We have, accordingly, as his attorneys, advised Dr. Jordaan that he must not participate in a public discourse of the allegation made against him by Ms Ferguson.
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“From a legal viewpoint, serious allegations of the kind made by Ms Ferguson can only be ventilated in a court of law, where the rights of all parties are protected.”
Ferguson, who was a parliamentarian for the ruling African National Congress party, alleged on Facebook last month that Jordaan had attacked her in a hotel room in Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s south coast where he subsequently served as mayor.
“He entered and, without a word, grabbed me and forced me onto the bed from behind. He overpowered me and painfully raped me,” she wrote in a blog post following her Facebook disclosures.
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