Masutha grants special leave to Judge Jansen

2016-05-11 14:00
Judge Mabel Jansen (Twitter)

Judge Mabel Jansen (Twitter)

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Johannesburg - Justice Minister Michael Masutha has approved a request for special leave for controversial High Court judge Mabel Jansen.

"Minister Masutha’s granting of the leave follows the request from Judge President Dunstan Mlambo of the Gauteng Division of the High Court, to place Judge Jansen on special leave, pending finalisation of a complaint submitted to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC)," Masutha spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The complaint relates to comments on social media attributed to her which have caused outrage among members of the public."

Masutha has also approved an acting appointment to fill Jansen's vacancy.

The controversy around Jansen started after journalist Gillian Schutte posted excerpts of written exchanges with the judge, in which Jansen said, "In their culture a woman is there to pleasure them. Period. It is seen as an absolute right and a woman's consent is not required."

She also said, "I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12. I am dead serious."

As excerpts of the conversation were shared on social media, comments flooded back reflecting shock that a judge could hold such opinions.

Speaking to News24 at the weekend, Jansen said the comments referred specifically to the cases she had handled.

The JSC confirmed on Tuesday that complaints were laid against Jansen by Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana SC in his personal capacity, as well as in his capacity as Johannesburg branch chair of the Advocates for Transformation.

The Judicial Conduct Committee will now consider the complaints, and whether they are of a serious enough nature to warrant a judicial conduct tribunal.

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