An online petition for the removal of high court judge Mabel Jansen is currently doing the rounds on social media.
Jansen came under fire after a Facebook conversation with social activist Gillian Schutte was made public, Rekord Moot reported.
In the conversation, which happened last year, Jansen said 99% of her criminal cases were of children who had been raped by their fathers, uncles and brothers, and asked, “Is this part of your culture?”
She also said black men saw women as “pleasure to them”, and she was yet to meet a black woman who had not been raped by the age of 12.
Social media was abuzz at the weekend after these posts resurfaced, leading to the start of an online petition titled ‘Remove Judge Mabel Jansen for Racist Comments’.
The petition, created by Amandla.mobi — community advocacy organisation – had already attracted 2 335 signatures by 11.30am on Monday.
“The fact that Jansen, who is supposed to uphold the rule of law in an objective and unbiased manner, could a) rise through the judicial ranks and b) defend her racism so eagerly is outrageous. How are we as citizens supposed to trust that Judge Jansen will preside over cases fairly when she is so clearly racist and uninformed?” the organisation said in the petition’s description.
Jansen took to Twitter on Sunday, stating that her comments were taken out of context.
DA spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme said Jansen’s comments violated Section 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct which stated that a judge should refrain from personal comments that could seem sexist, racist or manifest discrimination.
“Not only are Mabel Jansen’s comments racist, they undermine the fight against rape culture by racialising it and making it a ‘black thing’,” she tweeted.
Amanda.mobi said, “We, the undersigned, call on the Judicial Service Commission and the Department of Justice to remove Judge Jansen immediately from her position.”
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– Caxton News Service