Late last year Jennifer Ferguson came out openly to claim that the Football boss sexually assaulted her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth about 24 years ago. She has now opened a case of rape.
The news was also confirmed by Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the case was opened at Parkview. When the news first broke, Danny Jordan denied it and asked that she should lay a formal complaint to the police.
In a statement issued yesterday, Ferguson said her “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 mediative process outside of formal legal action. This offer sought to be consistent of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission [TRC] 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 … This decision has come out after many months of discussions, legal advice and deep personal consideration,” she said.
In an interview with City Press, Ferguson said she had grappled for years about what to do about what happened to her.
“When I named Danny Jordaan, it was from a place beyond choice. It was, of course, the #MeToo window; it shocked me. I initially didn’t name him, but I gave the details of somebody in a high position,” she said.
But almost six years before that, she was challenged by a doctor friend, in whom she confided about the rape, to name her alleged attacker.
“He said: ‘Jennifer, why haven’t you come out about Danny? Why don’t you name Danny? I am sure there are a lot of other women who have been affected by his behaviour.’
“And I was so affected when he said that to me. I couldn’t respond to the email for about six months. And then I wrote to him and said: ‘I have worked extensively now on forgiving this man and I have to keep working on this. What you’re saying is my lack of disclosure or inability to lay a charge against him has meant that his continued behaviour is causing an unknown amount of pain and agony for other women.’ And that, as an activist, is a terrible thing to hear.”