Justice minister clarifies decision to place Judge Jansen on special leave

In Facebook comments, she claimed black men learn to rape & sexually assault women in their culture.

Minister of Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Michael Masutha. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha says he granted Pretoria High Court Judge Mabel Jansen special leave, to ensure the judiciary continues to lead by example and uphold the Constitution.

Masutha's decision follows a request by Judge President Dustan Mlambo to put Jansen on special leave, pending the finalisation of a complaint submitted to the Judicial Services Commission.

In comments on Facebook made public this week, Jansen claimed black men learn to rape and sexually assault women in their culture.

But she says her statements were taken out of context.

Minister Masutha says those appointed to hold office especially in the judiciary have a responsibility to lead by example.

"Especially our judiciary, which is supposed to led by example in upholding the Constitution and promoting human rights."

Masutha has called on South Africans to stand up against any form of racism in society.

"It calls upon all of us to make an extraordinary effort to advance the project of promoting national unity."

Meanwhile, in another racist incident this week Mzansi Magic is investigating after a white crew member allegedly lashed out at a black director on the set of local drama series Ring of Lies.