Judge Jansen on special leave

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Video screengrab of High Court Judge Mabel Jansen. She has come under fire for suggesting that rape is part of the culture of black men.

Video screengrab of High Court Judge Mabel Jansen. She has come under fire for suggesting that rape is part of the culture of black men.

WEB_PHOTO_Mabel_Jansen_090516

Video screengrab of High Court Judge Mabel Jansen. She has come under fire for suggesting that rape is part of the culture of black men.

Video screengrab of High Court Judge Mabel Jansen. She has come under fire for suggesting that rape is part of the culture of black men.

JOHANNESBURG - Judge Mabel Jansen has agreed to be placed on special leave - the move coming after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) made the recommendation.

The judge sparked outrage after suggesting that rape was part of black culture. She made the comments in a Facebook conversation.

Activist Gillian Schutte then posted the exchange publicly.

A formal complaint has been lodged with the Commission. It&39;s called on the Justice Department, saying Jansen should be placed on leave, pending an investigation.

The department has yet to make a decision.

"A formal complaint has now been received and that will be investigated by a judicial conduct committee," said JSC Spokesperson, CP Fourie.

"Once it has investigated the complaint it will make a recommendation to the judicial service commission and if the recommendation is that the judge might be guilty of gross misconduct, then the judicial service commission may request the chief justice to appoint  a tribunal to hear the matter, that is the due process."

* For more on this story, watch the full video report by Karyn Maughan in the gallery above. Also attached are interviews with CP Fourie, quoted above, and with Patrick Godana from NGO, Sonke Gender Justice.