Judge Mabel Jansen to appear before JCC over social media comments

Last year Jansen caused a stir after taking to social media where she expressed her belief that rape was part of black people's culture.

FILE: High Court Judge Mabel Jansen. Picture: LinkedIn.

JOHANNESBURG - High Court judge Mabel Jansen will soon be appearing before the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC).

Last year Jansen caused a stir after taking to social media where she expressed her belief that rape was part of black people's culture.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha subsequently placed her on special leave.

The JCC will assess the gravity of the complaints made against Jansen's actions and then make recommendations to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC).

The JSC’s CP Fourie says that if the panel finds that the grievance warrants impeachment and the commission accepts this finding, then the Chief Justice will have to be brought into the picture.

“The Chief Justice will be requested to appoint a tribunal to hear the matter and hear evidence. They will then come to a finding which will be submitted to the Judicial Services Commission.”

Jansen maintained her comments were taken out of context.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)