Screenshots of racist comments made by Pretoria High Court Judge Mabel Jansen on Facebook have surfaced. Among other things, Judge Jansen claims that the rape of young children is part of black culture. She attributes this to the fact that “99% of the criminal cases [she] hears is of black fathers/uncles/brothers raping children as young as 5 years old.” She also claims that “there are many white molesters but our culture has never been that it is perfectly in order.”
We, the undersigned, call on the Judicial Services Commission and the Department of Justice to remove Judge Jansen immediately from her position.
Why is this important?
The fact that Jansen, who is supposed to uphold the rule of law in an objective and unbiased manner, could a) rise through the judicial ranks and b) defend her racism so eagerly is outrageous.
How are we, as citizens of South Africa, supposed to trust that Judge Jansen will preside over cases fairly when she is so clearly racist and uninformed?