Minister puts Judge Jansen on special leave

eNCA speaks to attorney Ulrich Roux about the laws governing private conversations following the placing of Judge Mabel Jansen on special leave. She is under fire for racist comments on Facebook. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, has approved special leave for Madam Justice Mabel Jansen.

A statement from the minister on Wednesday confirmed that the leave had been granted following a request from Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo. Jansen is on leave pending finalisation of a complaint submitted to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) about controversial comments attributed to her.

Jansen sparked public outrage by suggesting on Facebook that rape is part of black culture. 

The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) will on Thursday deliver a memorandum to the Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court, Justice Ledwaba DJP, concerning Jansen. The association has called for the judge's removal, saying she is unfit for her position.

 Masutha has approved an acting appointment to fill Jansen's seat during her leave, according to his ministry.


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