JCC to determine seriousness of grievance against Judge Jansen
The JCC will make the necessary recommendations based on how serious it finds the complaint.
JOHANNESBURG - Following the receipt of a complaint against High Court Judge Mabel Jansen, the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) will now consider the seriousness of the grievance to decide whether further investigation will be necessary.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) confirmed today that its processes will start to assess Jansen's conduct, which has sparked public outrage.
The Pretoria High Court judge has come under fire for social media comments made about the black community and rape.
JSC spokesperson Dumisa Ntsebeza says the JCC will make the necessary recommendations, based on how serious it finds the complaint against Judge Jansen.
"If however, the JCC considers that it is a serious matter, it might ask the Chief Justice to submit their recommendations."
While several people claimed to have lodged complaints with the commission, only one of them has been recognised by the secretariat for adhering to the correct format.
In her controversial comments, Jansen claimed rape was part of black culture and that black men believe it's their right to sexually assault women and children.
At the same time, the JSC says complaints against judges must comply with certain requirements in order to be considered.
The commission says it's only received one official complaint on the matter, which it says it will deal with.
Activist, Gillian Schutte, who made Jansen's comments public, claims she filed a complaint last year, which was not followed through by the judicial conduct committee.
Ntsebeza says complaints to the secretariat must be submitted in a particular format.
"If it is not an affidavit, then it must be a statement the maker of the statement must state that he or she affirms the truth of the contents thereof; otherwise if it's just a statement or an email, then there is no way it is going to be recognised."