South African singer, Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country’s football boss Danny Jordaan of raping her nearly 23 years ago, describing the incident she said he “overpowered” her and “painfully” raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city.
Jennifer who was moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media, wrote in a blog post, that the attack took place when she was “high and happy” following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa’s first democratically elected parliament in 1994.
Mr Jordaan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African Football Association, came to her hotel suite after she had given a performance at a dinner. “He overpowered me and painfully raped me. It must have been over in about 20 seconds although it felt like a lifetime. He left immediately without saying a word” she said.
“Not sure what to do, I washed and left the hotel and began to walk. I reached the beach and sat there a very long time trying to process what had happened. The thought of going to the police felt intolerable. What would I say? Should I have screamed louder? Fought him off harder? Had I been complicit in some way? All these questions raged in my mind. I wept.”
She accused the football boss of using her as “an object for his sad need for power and twisted gratification. I am not speaking out to get revenge on Danny Jordaan or a million South African men like him. I am doing this so we can help each other be courageous, speak out and begin to heal as we find we are not alone,” she added.
66-years old Jordaan, who organized the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is yet to respond to the allegation.