Pretoria High Court Judge Mabel Jansen Resigns


Pretoria High Court Judge Mabel Jansen has resigned.

Jansen’s resignation was with immediate effect and was confirmed by the department of Justice and Constitutional Development on Thursday.

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The judge got caught at the centre of a social media storm in May 2016 after she implied on Facebook that rape was part of black culture.

She wrote: “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. I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12. I am dead serious. Murder is also is not a biggy. And gang rapes of baby, daughter and mother (are) a pleasurable pastime.”

Jansen’s comment was brought to light by social activist Gillian Schutte who couldn’t stand her blow on black men. Jansen had made the comments in 2015 while chatting with Schutte.

And since then she has not been able to escape the wrath of several parties and organisations which found her comments appalling.

At the time, the Democratic Alliance party called on the Judicial Services Commission to investigate the judge for her comments. The blue colour party buttressed that Jansens’ comments were not only hurtful and demeaning but undermined the dignity of black people.

Also, the women’s league of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) described the judge’s comments as purely racist and misrepresentation of facts about black culture.

In April 2017, she was placed on special leave after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) found her comments amounted to impeachable conduct.

BuzzSouthAfrica confirmed from the department that Jansen had written to President Jacob Zuma and Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha informing them of her resignation.

The minister reportedly acknowledged the letter, thanked her for her valuable service and has started off a process to send the letter to President Zuma.

The department, however, condemned the racial-related incidents in the country, adding that the government has launched initiates that would face racism squarely.

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“The escalating rate of racial incidents in the country has required the government to take steps including the development of the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill. We are currently evaluating inputs made by members of the public and civic organisations on the Bill,”  it added.

Following Pretoria High Court Judge Mabel Jansen’s resignation, the department disclosed that further disciplinary process against her is now irrelevant.

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