Embattled High Court Judge Mabel Jansen has requested that she be placed on a special leave. Jasen is currently under attack for allegedly making racist comments about black people and rape on Facebook.
Confirming the development, the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) via its spokesperson, advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, said on Tuesday that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Mabel Jansen have requested that Justice Minister Michael Masutha place her on special leave, and that “the CJ and Judge Jansen met and agreed to request that the minister place her on special leave.”
The JSC spokesperson also opened up about a complaint laid against the embattled Judge. In addition, he stated that the JSC is set to take a closer look at the complaint and the best way to address it.
He said, “the secretariat has confirmed that a complaint was laid [against Jansen] by Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana SC in his personal capacity, as well as another complaint in his capacity as Johannesburg branch chair of the Advocates for Transformation.”
“The Judicial Conduct Committee will now consider the complaint, and whether it is of a serious enough nature to warrant a judicial conduct tribunal.”
Jansen’s special leave request was made so that she would not be on duty as a judge while her case is treated.
Meanwhile, as at 13:30 on Tuesday, Masutha’s spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga, stated that the minister’s office his yet to receive the request.
Jasen’s trouble began after written post she shared with Journalist Gillian Schutte on Saturday and Sunday was made public.
In the post Jansen said: “In their culture a woman is there to pleasure them. Period. It is seen as an absolute right and a woman’s consent is not required.”
She added: “I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12. I am dead serious.”
Judge Mabel Jansen’s Post Goes Viral
In the blink of an eye, Jasen’s post went viral on social media and comments that trailed her post slammed her for holding such thoughts. But, she was quick to defend herself over the weekend, asserting that she merely referred specifically to the cases she had handled.
She denied saying all black men were rapists. “I was referring to specific cases. It was within that context,” she said.
Meanwhile, as at Tuesday afternoon, a petition on Amandla.mobi, which called on the JSC and the department of justice to show Jansen the exit door had more than 5 000 electronic signatures.
Many believe that the white South African judge purportedly asserted that rape was part of the culture of black men.
Since this year, the country has been hit by a spate of racist rows mostly triggered by comments on social media irrespective of the fact that white minority rule and legalized racism ended in 1994.