Khoza ex­poses Danny’s ‘con­spir­a­cies’:

Rape ac­cuser Fer­gu­son re­veals who paid for flights as PSL chair says Jor­daan sees his ‘ghost’ when fac­ing dif­fi­culty

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - An­gela Daniels and Marc Stry­dom danielsa@ti­soblack­

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.

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