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Mabel Jansen's racism shows we're hypocrites, claims Schutte

10 May, 06:52 AM

Social activist Gillian Schutte says she shared comments Judge Mabel Jansen made last year to expose society's hypocrisy.

Says Schutte, "In the wake of the Qwabe situation I felt it was a good time actually to bring this up again and to say, 'How hypocritical can a society be?'"

She shared Jansen's comments - made on a public post on Facebook and again in a private correspondence - following criticism of Ntokozo Qwabe's comments on land and race.

Rhodes scholar Qwabe bragged on Facebook that he and friends refused to tip a white waitron at a Cape Town restaurant in late April. "WE WILL GIVE TIP WHEN YOU RETURN THE LAND,"  a member of the party wrote on the till slip. The waitress cried during the incident.

Following public backlash from some the waitress received over R100,000 in donations and her sympathisers called from Qwabe's scholarship to be revoked. Oxford University has refused that petition.

In this interview, Schutte says that society was hypocritical to neglect Jansen's comments, while Qwabe was publicly roasted.

In May 2015 Jansen claimed 99% of the criminal cases she heard were of black fathers, uncles or brothers (in other words, black men) "raping children as young as [five] years old." 

According to her Twitter profile, Jansen specialises in intellectual property and commercial law.

"This is someone who works within in the system, within the very fabric of our judiciary, our judicial system," says Schutte.

News24 Live made several attempts to contact Jansen, without answer. However, speaking to reporter Jenni Evans during the weekend, Jansen said her remarks referred to specific cases and she had been quoted out of context.

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