Safa boss faces another case of sexual misconduct before polls

Another woman has accused South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan (pictured) of sexual misconduct, weeks after musician and former ANC lawmaker Jennifer Ferguson filed a rape complaint against him, The Sunday Times reported.

The second woman, a 40-year-old author, filed a case of sexual harassment against Jordaan at the Park View police station in Johannesburg last week.

In her complaint, the author said the incident happened in March 2011 in the boardroom of Sandton hotel where she was interviewing him for her soccer-related book project. She alleged that suddenly he started groping her but she was saved when a waiter knocked at the door.

Jordaan’s lawyer, Mamodupi Mohlala, told News24 that neither she nor her client is aware of the sexual harassment complaint filed by the author.

The lawyer said the latest allegation is part of a smear campaign against her client to make him ineligible to stand for Safa presidency at its elective conference next Saturday.

National police told Sunday Times and News24 that they would not confirm or deny cases of a sexual nature due to their sensitivity.

In October last year, Ferguson, who lives in Sweden, accused Jordaan of raping her 25 years ago in a hotel in Port Elizabeth. She said the #MeToo movement prompted her to step forward. She detailed the incident in a Facebook post.

Ferguson said she was initially thinking of an out-of-court settlement but Jordaan did not engage with her and continued to deny the allegations.

On March 21 this year, Ferguson filed a police complaint against Jordaan. She alleged he entered her room in Holiday Inn in Port Elizabeth while she was semi-naked, grabbed her and violently sodomised her. Jordaan repeatedly denied the allegation.

Recently, Jordaan opened a case of defamation, criminal collusion and conspiracy against Ferguson and vice president of Safa, Irvin Khoza, alleging that Khoza paid for Ferguson’s flights and accommodation during her recent trip to South Africa.

Jordaan’s lawyer confirmed her client has opened a criminal case against Ferguson and Safa’s second-in-command at Sandton police station. She declined to discuss the details.