Judge's comments cause outrage

Judge Mabel Jansen says her comments, which suggest that rape and murder are part of the life for black people, have been taken out of context. The office of the chief justice is expected to respond to her racism accusations. Photo: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - There's been severe criticism of the comments of a high court judge who suggested rape is part of black male culture.

Judge Mabel Jansen made the comments in a private conversation with a social justice activist on Facebook.

The comments were then made public, sparking condemnation and a campaign calling for her resignation.

In them, Jansen claims she’s yet to meet a black girl who wasn’t raped by the age of 12.

She also says murder, the gang rape of babies, daughters and mothers are a pleasurable past time in black communities.

The DA has referred her to the Judicial Service Commission for a decision on whether she should be investigated.

The ANC says her statements are proof that the judiciary is not beyond reproach.

"These are the things we must attend, and not close our eyes to the fact that transformation over the past 21 years," said ANC spokesman Ziz Kodwa.

"We still need to transform the bench. For someone in that position to make such statements, it rubbishes the notion that the judges are beyond reproach.

"These are not human beings. They do not have views. They do some of them have views. Because they are influenced by society one way or another.”


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