“We note‚ very importantly‚ and of course with concern‚ the complainant’s recent version‚ which is significantly different from her October 2017 narrative.
“In the circumstance the Safa NEC is of the belief that this matter should be heard in the appropriate legal forum‚ on a fair and objective basis.
“That is where the parties have the right to give evidence‚ where the evidence will be tested with an independent judicial officer.”
Asked why the association did not find it necessary to discuss the matter when Ferguson first made the allegation‚ Govindasamy said: “I think we have to just highlight the fact that Safa as a body is one of the few sports federations that has taken the firm decision to empower women in football.
“Now beside that fact is this allegation that comes after 25 or 26 years from a women that did not want to press any charges‚ and decided that she wanted some kind of restorative justice in some other forum.
“But living in Sweden‚ and not in South Africa‚ and making these stories.
“One has to ask – what is the motive behind that?
“Now‚ there is no charge‚ must we now come up to the president and say‚ ‘Do something about it?’ No. Let the law take its course.”