JOHANNESBURG – The SA Football Association has thrown their weight behind president Danny Jordaan after Jennifer Ferguson, five months after alleging that she was raped by the soccer boss, officially laid a charge with the police.
In a statement read out by Poobalan Govindasamy, a member of the Safa national executive committee and chairperson of the ethics and integrity wing at the association, Safa called for “justice to take its course”.
“We note that there has been, over a period of six months, a large scale of media attacks on our president.
“But on a more equitable and fair process, the complainant, Ms Jennifer Ferguson, has only now referred her complaint to a forum that can deal with the matter in terms of the laws of our country and our constitution.
“In this regard, we point out that every person, with no exception, is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the courts of law,” the statement said.
“Our president is on record that he denies the allegations of the complainant, Ms Ferguson, as announced by the media in October/November 2017, four days before our Constitutional Congress.
“He further denied all allegations as announced in the media on 20 March 2018, which is four days before our scheduled Elective Congress.”
Ferguson, a singer and former ANC MP, has said her initial intent had been to settle her matter with the Safa president outside the process of legal prosecution, and told a radio station earlier this week that deciding to officially lay a rape charge was not an easy decision.
She publicly accused Jordaan of sexually assaulting her at a Port Elizabeth hotel in 1994.
“We note, very importantly, the complainant’s recent version, which is significantly different from her October/November 2017 narrative.
“In the circumstances, the Safa NEC is of the firm belief that this matter should be heard in an appropriate legal forum where the matter can be aired on a fair and objective basis,” the statement read further.