Gender violence in the Spotlight

[Listen] Jennifer Ferguson calls out Norman Arendse on his "lies"

Tuesday evening on The Karima Brown Show, journalist Faith Daniels reported that a woman had come to her and told her she too was almost assaulted by South African Football Association (Safa) President, Danny Jordaan.

Recently, artist and former African National Congress (ANC) MP Jennifer Ferguson revealed that she was raped more than twenty years ago, allegedly by the self-same Safa president.

Also on Brown's show, Ferguson made a shocking revelation that Advocate Norman Arendse reached out to her then partner, to asked about any compromising information about her, which she views as an attempt to smear her.

Listen to the Ferguson also encouraging other women to speak out against their sexual abuse:

Also read: Jordaan to release a statement denying rape allegations - legal representative

On Wednesday morning, Arendse responded on the Eusebius McKaiser Show to the allegations made by Ferguson.

Arendse says he was shocked and annoyed at the allegations, adding that he had never met Ferguson and did not know her 'from a bar of soap'.

I admire her and all the other women who have come out as far as the campaign to expose sexual predators. It's something that is overdue.

Advocate Norman Arendse

But to mention my name without context and to make it appear on Karima's show that I'm some kind of practising advocate turned sleuth, detective, digging up dirt on someone.

Advocate Norman Arendse

Arendse further explains that on Friday evening, while attending a show at the Baxter Theatre, he was asked by an acquaintance about the allegations against Jordaan. He says they both expressed their shock at the allegations.

He was the one who then asked me if I knew some guy who he mentioned by name and later said he is the father of Jennifer Ferguson's child. He mentioned to me that the child was 24 years and that's around the same time Jordaan allegedly harassed Ferguson.

Advocate Norman Arendse, SAFA

Ferguson admits that his last interaction with Jordaan was at least two weeks ago and says he advised Jordaan to seek a legal representative.

Jennifer Ferguson then called in to respond.

I'm only calling because I've had comrades in South Africa alerting me to this interview. I did hear a long spew of an explanation and the first phrase that came to me is "bullsh** baffles brains". I've seen him sit alongside Danny, time and time again, defending the indefensible.

Jennifer Ferguson, artist and former ANC MP

Ferguson says she has noticed and is affected by the subtle slut-shaming from Arendse, where the victim is discredited using their sexual history.

That's partly why I've never wanted to go to court because of people like him, says Ferguson. She also corrects Arendse, explaining that her son was born in 1991 and not the date the advocate had assumed.

Ferguson tells McKaiser that she is aware that Arendse contacted her son's father because he later told her that they were trying to gather information on her.

There's a culture that sees this kind of disclosure as part of a conspiracy. This isn't a conspiracy, my power lies in that i have nothing to lose.

Jennifer Ferguson, artist and former ANC MP

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