Cabinet slams judge and Vuwani residents

By Drum Digital
13 May 2016

Cabinet has lambasted South Gauteng High Court Judge Mabel Jansen for the racist remarks she made on the social networking platform Facebook.

By Aphiwe Boyce 

In the post, which was written almost a year ago, she claimed that rape was part of African culture. The remarks were in response to a post by activist Gillian Schutte, who claims that she laid a complaint against the Gauteng High Court judge with the Judicial Service Commission last year.

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the statement made by an esteemed member of the Judiciary was not in keeping with what society expects from judicial officers.

“The Judiciary should always act impartially and in a manner that is beyond reproach.

“Tolerance and respect has been a cornerstone of our struggle for freedom and remains an essential part of South Africa’s democratic foundation,” she said.

She said the Department of Justice and Correctional Services would introduce legislation to address racism and hate speech.

The Cabinet also condemned the destruction of 24 schools by residents of Vuwani in the Vhembe district in Limpopo. It said such behaviour goes against the Constitution.

“This destruction of educational infrastructure disadvantages our children and undermines the country’s effort to provide quality education.”

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