Judge Mabel Jansen resigns

The judge's resignation comes after she was placed on special leave following racist comments in which she said rape was part of black people's culture.

Mabel Jansen. Picture: LinkedIn.

JOHANNESBURG – Judge Mabel Jansen has resigned after she was placed on special leave following racist comments in which she expressed her belief that rape was part of black people's culture.

Her comments on Facebook last year sparked outrage around the country and a complaint was filed with the Judicial Services Commission (JSC).

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has accepted Jansen's resignation.

NO WAY OUT, BUT OUT - JANSEN FACED POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT

Earlier this year the JSC said Judge Jansen could face impeachment if found guilty of gross misconduct by a tribunal.

The Judicial Conduct Committee recommended a tribunal investigates complaints of racism against the judge, saying the remarks constitute a prima facie case of gross incompetence.

At the time, Jansen maintained that her comments were taken out of context.

Social Justice activist Gillian Schutte, who was part of the Facebook debate in which Jansen made the controversial comments, said there seems to be a pattern with Jansen and that she doesn't see anything wrong with her statements.

Schutte said it appears as if Jansen doesn't have any remorse after she also wrote 'activist Gillian Schutte knew how dry racial tinder is yet lit the match intentionally'.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)