JSC expected to respond to Jansen's rape comments

JOHANNESBURG, 10 May 2016 - Baitseng Rangata, secretary general of the Black Lawyers Association (BLA), spoke to eNCA about Judge Mabel Jansen's alleged racist comments. Rangata says the BLA condemns the careless comments made by the judge. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The Judicial Service Commission is to consider what action to take over the claims of racism against Judge Mabel Jansen.

There have been growing calls for Jansen to be removed from the bench.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, ANC Women's League, Higher Education Transformation Network and the Forum of Journalists for Transformation have slammed the judge.

Several formations have also opened separate cases of crimen injuria against Jansen.

Meanwhile, there seems to be a real possibility that any black men convicted by her, may use the remarks as grounds for appeal.

A year ago she was involved in a heated exchange with activist Gillian Schutte on Facebook.

The activist has now re-posted those comments.

“I shared it a year ago. I shared it in the interim since then, because it seems unbelievable that there’s not a backlash to that, no real public outrage," said Schutte.

"It’s outrageous. She’s really demonised, animalised, victimised black people, and she’s in a position where she presides over cases involving gender-based violence.

"And she believes she herself as someone who speaks on behalf of women.”

The Black Lawyers Association is also calling for Jansen's dismissal, saying she is not fit to hold office.

Baitseng Rangata of the Black Lawyers Association said they have engaged with the office of the Judge President of the North and South Gauteng to get involved in the matter and review the matters in which Jansen has involved herself with. 

* Watch the full interview in the gallery above.

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