Black Lawyers Association calls for Mabel Jansen to resign

The association says if Jansen refuses to resign with immediate effect, she should be impeached.

High Court Judge Mabel Jansen. Picture: LinkedIn.

JOHANNESBURG - The Black Lawyers Association says if Judge Mabel Jansen refuses to resign from her post with immediate effect, she should be impeached.

The association has delivered a memorandum to Gauteng High Court judge president Dunstan Mlambo.

The petition follows Facebook posts that surfaced this week, in which judge Jansen expressed her belief that rape is part of black culture.

Jansen has been relieved of her court duties, as the judicial service commission investigates her conduct.

The association has also called for a review of the cases that she has presided over.

Spokesperson Baitseng Rangata says, "We indicated in our initial statement which we said that she's given an option to resign from her position as a judge with immediate effect. And we've also made it very clear that if that doesn't happen, the impeachment should be applied in terms of section 24 of Judicial Commission Act."

Cabinet also discussed the furore over Jansen, saying her comments are not in keeping with what society expects from members of the Judiciary.

Jansen has been placed on special leave pending the finalisation of a complaint lodged against her with the Judicial Service Commission.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today reported back on Cabinet's position on the issue.

"The judiciary should always act impartially and in a manner that is beyond reproach. Tolerance and respect has been the cornerstone of our struggle for freedom and remains an essential part of South Africa's democratic foundation."

SPECIAL LEAVE DECISION CLARIFIED

Justice Minister Michael Masutha said he granted Jansen special leave to ensure the judiciary continues to lead by example and uphold the Constitution.

Masutha's decision follows a request by Mlambo to put Jansen on special leave, pending the finalisation of a complaint submitted to the JSC.

Jansen she said her statements were taken out of context.

Minister Masutha said 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 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."