Jennifer Ferguson who is a South African has accused 66 year old football boss Danny Jordaan of rape.
The musician said it happened over 24 years ago stating her experience and how he overpowered her and “painfully” raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city.
Jennifer Ferguson, who is now living in Sweden, said she was moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out and talk about her experience.
She said the attack took place in her “high and happy” moment following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela’s ANC (African National Congress) party to serve in South Africa’s first democratically elected parliament in 1994.
Mr Danny Jordaan, was a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African Football Association. Who 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.
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,” she said.”
“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 said she’s not speaking out to get revenge one time president of the South African Football Association but for people to encourage each other.
“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.
Mr Jordaan was widely praised for spearheading South Africa’s 2010 football World Cup bid. It was the first time that the tournament was played in Africa. In 2015, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) suspected that South Africa had paid a $10m (£6.5m) bribe to host the tournament. Mr Jordaan and the government strongly denied the allegation.