A high court judge has come under fire after her conversation with social activist Gillian Schutte was made public.
In the conversation, Judge Mabel Jansen expresses her belief that rape is part of black culture.
“I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12,” said Jansen in a Facebook conversation with Schutte.
“99 percent of criminal cases I hear is of black fathers/uncles/brothers raping children as young as 5 years old. Is this part of your culture?” asks Jansen.
“Fact: Apartheid existed. Fact: Black children and women are raped and abused and beaten and mistreated by black men to an extent that is so sickening one cannot even cope with it. And that is a fact,” she added.
“Want to read my files: rape, rape, rape, rape, rape, rape of minors by black family members. It is never- ending.”
This caused a huge uproar on social media, with some calling for her to be sacked.
In response to the outcry, Jansen further tweeted: “What I stated confidentially to somebody in a position to help has been taken completely out of context and referred to specific court cases.”
“How to twist the truth. There was no request for me to help Jansen with victims. This message was sent to me during the debate that was happening in public… where she says raping of babies, daughters and mothers is seen as a black man’s right amongst other things,” Schutte responded.
Read more Twitter responses below:
Did I mention that I am 33 and never been raped….oh but then again, I haven't met Mabel so she wouldn't know that I exist #MabelJansen
— NewDawn (@PozisaPmbiko) May 9, 2016
I feel sorry for those who truly believe that racist mindsets will dissipate. The institution of racism is firmly-entrenched. #MabelJansen
— Brenda Wardle (@BrendaWardle) May 9, 2016
#MabelJansen's comments are deeply insulting not only to black people but victims of rape.
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) May 9, 2016
Rape is a serious matter that needs to be taken serious but to say every black man is a rapist is nonsense. #MabelJansen
— Modern Day Pantsula (@Thabiso_Dlamini) May 9, 2016
Just imagine how many are like #MabelJansen in our justice system, who believe that black people are animals
— FalseFreedominSA (@CuriousityLocks) May 9, 2016