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Jordaan breaks silence, denies raping former ANC MP at Port Elizabeth hotel

Nov 1, 2017
Jordaan breaks silence, denies raping former ANC MP at Port Elizabeth hotel

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, who is the current South African Football Association (SAFA) boss, Danny Jordaan, on Wednesday broke his silence and denied allegations that he raped former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament, Jennifer Ferguson, in a Port Elizabeth hotel about 24 years ago. 

In a statement through his lawyer, Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi, Jordaan denied raping Ferguson.

"In light of the scourge of gender-based violence in this country and Dr Jordaan’s sensitivity toward the issue, he had to consider carefully his response, if any, in public to the allegations made by Ms Ferguson," read the statement.

"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."

He said that whilst Dr Jordaan supports public debate as an essential tool to highlight the issue of gender-based violence, however, in this case there are two opposing versions that cannot be resolved in the media, or elsewhere, in substitution for a court of law. 

"Mediation, as suggested by Ms Ferguson, runs the risk that the public will perceive that there is a cover-up away from the glare of public scrutiny; and that there is one law for the powerful and another for the masses," the statement read.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi said that, as Jordaan's attorneys, they advised him that he must not participate in a public discourse of the allegation made against him by Ferguson.

"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."