JOHANNESBURG- A woman who has accused SAFA president and former mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Danny Jordaan of rape said she is not looking for financial compensation after going public with the incident 24 years later.
Jennifer Ferguson, a former member of parliament in SA first went public with the rape allegation in October last year.
“After much consideration, I decided to proceed with a criminal charge against Danny Jordaan for rape. My initial intent had been to settle this matter outside of the process of legal prosecution. To this end I offered Mr. Jordaan the opportunity to engage with me in a meditative process outside of formal legal action,” she said.
She claims that her offer to Jordaan sought to be consistent with South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation process.
“This TRC process acknowledged the common humanity and need for healing of both the victim and the perpetrator and a place where one’s mutual humanity can be revived. Despite this offer, he chose not to engage with me and denied the allegation through a media statement. There are other survivors of sexual misconduct who will now stand with me,” she said.
Ferguson said she took the decision to lay a charge against Jordaan after many months of discussions, legal advice, and deep personal consideration.
“I do not seek monetary award but justice for myself and every victim of abuse in this country in the hope that other survivors will be assisted to disclose and find justice, support, and healing. The #metoo #wetoo campaign is revealing worldwide the systemic and silent abuse of women. Above all, I am also committed to the inclusion of men’s voices in this campaign where difficult conversations about sexuality can take place and where mutual respect and deeper understanding can be found and abuse against women reduced and finally overcome,” she said.
Ferguson alleges that Jordaan raped her at a Holiday Inn in Nelson Mandela Bay 24 years ago. Jordaan has vehemently denied the allegations, insisting that he is innocent.
Various organisations have come out calling for Jordaan to resign. The National Freedom Party released a statement urging Jordaan to do the “right thing”.
In the statement, the party said: “NFP calls for the immediate resignation of Danny Jordan, as we believe that football is one of the sports codes in the country used to attract and encourage many of our youth to become positive contributors of change. Danny Jordan must be given enough time to prove his innocence as an individual, not as Safa president,” the party said.