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Soccer boss denies rape allegations

Soccer boss denies rape allegations”

Danny Jordaan, the central figure in South Africa's staging of the 2010 soccer World Cup, on Wednesday denied allegations that he raped former African National Congress lawmaker and singer Jennifer Ferguson in the 1990s.

"Dr Jordaan denies that he raped Ms Ferguson", his lawyer Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi said in a statement.

Ferguson said she didn't report the rape because she was "too ashamed to go through the reporting procedure".

Ferguson said Jordaan's lawyer had contacted the father of her child to find out if he was willing to speak off the record regarding her past and to ascertain if there was anything in her conduct and behaviour that was untoward.

Ferguson was born in South Africa, but now, lives in Sweden.

"Dr Jordaan has‚ however‚ after careful consideration made a decision to assert his innocence".

Jordaan's lawyer Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi said: "While Dr Jordaan supports public debate as an essential tool to highlight the issue of gender-based violence, however, in this case, there are two opposing versions that can not be resolved in the media or elsewhere in substitution to a court of law".

Mr Jordaan rejected Mrs Ferguson's offer of mediation, saying the accusations must be dealt with in a court of law, his lawyer said.

"From a legal viewpoint‚ serious allegations of the kind made by Miss Ferguson can only be ventilated in a court of law‚ where the rights of all parties are protected‚" Mulauzi said. "A move like that would show victims how our system is operating".

In response, Ms Ferguson said she was "preparing for a course of action, the nature of which I will be disclosing in the near future".

The statement does not address two other anonymous women who accused Jordaan of sexual misconduct during an interview on radio station 702 last night, when Ferguson was a guest.

She told 702 that she was considering laying criminal charges against Jordaan after several attempts to reach out to him for an opportunity for a mediated restorative justice process.

"The third person will come through in a protected identity. But we are guided by our own impulse to heal".



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