Pretoria – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended to Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masuthu, that Judge Mabel Jansen be placed on special leave.
This follows a complaint against the Judge of the Gauteng Division of the High Court, in Pretoria, over the alleged racial utterances she made during a private conversation on Facebook.
Judge Jansen reportedly said rape is part of the black culture. Since then she has defended her comments and said they were taken out of context and that she referred to specific incidents of rape cases she presided over.
The JSC, which deals with complaints against judges, on Tuesday, said it received a complaint against Judge Jansen, which was logged by Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Advocates for Transformation in Johannesburg and in his personal capacity.
“The JSC urges the public to allow that process to run its course and remain confident that the JSC shall deal with the matter in a just and proper manner,” the JSC said.
“After consultation with Judge Jansen, a proposal for her to go on special leave has been forwarded to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services for consideration,” the Commission said.
JSC said complaints of alleged misconduct against any judge can be lodged by way of an affidavit or an affirmed statement specifying the nature of the complaint and the facts on which the complaint is based.
Such a complaint will then be dealt with by the JSC in terms of the JSC Act.