Justice Dept to impose strict measures on judiciary

Yesterday the justice minister relieved Mabel Jansen of her duties following comments she made on Facebook.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha.  Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha says his department will implement strict measures to ensure those in the judiciary conduct themselves in manner that promotes human rights.

Yesterday Masutha relieved Judge Mabel Jansen of her court duties while the Judicial Service Commission investigates a complaint against her, relating to Facebook comments she made claiming rape is part of black culture.

Jansen insists her statements were taken out of context.

Masutha says the seriousness of the allegations against Jansen justified his decision to put her on special leave.

"I did not hesitate to accede to the recommendation from the judge president."

Masutha says should Jansen be found to have contravened judicial conduct, the matter would be in the hands of Parliament to decide her fate.

Meanwhile Mzansi Magic has confirmed one of the people involved in a racist incident on the set of drama series Ring of Lies has resigned from the production.