Khoza exposes Danny’s ‘conspiracies’:
Rape accuser Ferguson reveals who paid for flights as PSL chair says Jordaan sees his ‘ghost’ when facing difficulty
THE mudslinging between Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza and South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan turned even uglier yesterday when Khoza suggested Jordaan embraced conspiracy theories.
At the same time, Jennifer Ferguson – the woman who accused former Bay mayor Jor- daan of rape – revealed who paid for her flights to South Africa the week she laid a rape complaint against Jordaan.
Her statement followed Jordaan’s claims that she and Khoza had conspired to defame him.
Last weekend, Jordaan opened a criminal case of defamation‚ criminal collusion and conspiracy against Khoza.
Khoza was having none of it and, yesterday at a press conference, claimed Jordaan’s actions fitted a pattern of conspiracy theories the Safa president had “created as diversions”.
In October last year, Fergu- son, a singer and former ANC member of parliament, accused Jordaan of raping her in a Port Elizabeth hotel room almost 25 years ago.
Last weekend Jordaan claimed Khoza was behind Ferguson opening a rape case against him.
Ferguson, who lives in Sweden, filed a rape complaint with police in Parkview last month. She was in the country for a concert in Cape Town.
Jordaan also said Khoza had paid for Ferguson’s tickets to South Africa.
Earlier yesterday, Ferguson said the booking and payment for the flights on Qatar Airways had been made by a local dance NGO, The Forgotten Angle Theatre Company (FATC), through Big Travel, a travel agency based in Uppsala, Sweden.
Ferguson said she had decided to reveal the alleged rape during the height of the #MeToo campaign last year.
She said she had “made a personal and painful decision to disclose the rape.
“The freedom to truth-speak after too many years of silence and shame, came on the wings of the #MeToo movement, where millions of women globally shared their stories of sex- ual violation”. Ferguson said she was still waiting for communication about the actual charges laid against her by Jordaan, but felt obliged to address “the slanderous accusation and malicious prosecution of a rape witness”.
At the press conference, Khoza said the allegations fitted a pattern of conspiracy theories that Jordaan has “created as diversions”‚ such as a 2004 allegation that the PSL chairman was the chief suspect behind a shooting at Jordaan.
Another example‚ Khoza said‚ was an “alleged coup in 2009” against Jordaan‚ then CEO of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee‚ resulting in both men‚ plus then-Safa president Molefi Oliphant‚ being called into a meeting with Fifa president Sepp Blatter in Zurich.
“Common to these events are that Danny Jordaan‚ the aggressor‚ is portrayed as a victim of the all-powerful Dr Irvin Khoza‚” Khoza said.
“I know Jordaan has a wild imagination in relation to me. He sees my ghost wherever he faces difficulty. Even for him this should be a bridge too far.
“I therefore make it very clear today that unlike 2009‚ when I chose to put the country and our nation first‚ this time I’m not going to lapse in my pursuit of the truth and justice in this matter.
“Ferguson has issued a statement to the effect that I don’t know her‚ and she does not know me‚ and I have nothing to do with her case.
“I have contacted my bankers to investigate if there were any payments made through my credit card to Fli-Afrika Travel for any flights or accommodation.
“I have asked Fli-Afrika Travel if I or anyone associated with me has booked or made arrange- ments for Jennifer Ferguson.
“I even asked them to avail if Ferguson had‚ unbeknown to me‚ used their services.
“Journalists claim to have e-mail correspondence from me authorising payments. I have asked for an audit from my e-mail service provider to check if my e-mail was in any way compromised.
“I’ve asked journalists to send me [documents] so I can respond fully and appropriately. I am to the full extent of the law not going to stop until my name is cleared by my accusers.”
Jordaan failed to answer numerous calls and a voicemail message yesterday.