JOHANNESBURG – Irvin Khoza, the Premier Soccer League chairman, on Thursday hit back at allegations made by the SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan that he was a co-conspirator in the recent rape allegations made by Jennifer Ferguson, a former ANC MP and singer.
This follows reports at the weekend that Jordaan laid charges against Khoza as he believes the PSL boss paid for Ferguson to come to South Africa from Sweden, her current country of residence.
Ferguson, who has accusing Jordaan of raping her at a Port Elizabeth hotel room more than 20 years ago, earlier this week said that her trip was paid for by an anonymous donor.
“I have never met Ms Ferguson or spoken to her. I have never had any association with her,” said Khoza at a press conference from the league’s headquarters in Parktown.
“I found it bizarre on Sunday morning when I read that I was being accused of being part of this conspiracy by Dr Danny Jordaan, who has always had wild imaginations of me.”
“I first heard about this on Thursday last week in a meeting of the national executive members of Safa as we prepared for the congress on Saturday. Dr Jordaan said I have to wait for the weekend to find out what is going to come out, but he said nothing more.”
Jordaan has lodged complaints with police of defamation against Ferguson and Khoza, who had not made any public comments until Thursday despite various calls from journalists to get his side of the story.
“I have asked all these journalists to give me the documents that have apparently been presented as proof. At the moment. I am chasing a black cat in the dark.”
“I need to see what this is about. I have asked that my banker check if my credit card was used without my knowledge, and the same with my email account,” said Khoza.
He said he had called the press conference at the PSL offices because this was more than just a personal matter as it involves football.
Jordaan and Khoza have a long history of tiffs, some public and others private.
“But I have not responded in the past because of the interest of football. But this is damaging, and I need to clear my name,” the PSL boss explained.