South African judge, Mabel Jansen, stated her perceptions of black people, generally, and those views have put her in trouble.
Her opinion portrayed black men in entirety as rapists and claimed rape is black culture. Her prejudiced mindset (sic) has raised doubts on her ability to judge fairly.
Sometime last year, the judge made comments on a public Facebook post which was published on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend by film-maker Gillian Schutte.
Gillian was inboxed by Jansen over the issue which began in public. As with every personal opinion, the judge expressed exactly how she felt.
— Bad White (@GillianSchutte) May 9, 2016
— Vusi Thembekwayo (@VusiThembekwayo) May 9, 2016
After the news made its rounds, a South African advocate, Vuyani Ngalwana described the judge’s point of view as an “outburst, effectively tarring all black men with the ‘rapist’ broad brush,” was “shocking beyond belief”.
Just as Vusi Thembekwayo blandly called the judge “filth, absolute filth”, Thembekwayo also clamored for her removal as well as a review on all her past judgement. He ended his words with “such racist filth”.
Ngwalwana also beckoned on the Judicial Service Commission to summon Hansen to come and explain herself.
The JSC which has more power over South African judges confirmed to Business Day, Sunday (May, 8), that she will be summoned.
Jansen was unable to respond to questions as she had lost her husband on Saturday, (May, 7).
However the judge tweeted: “What I stated confidentially to somebody in a position to help has been taken completely out of context and referred to specific court cases”.
What I stated confidentially to somebody in a position to help has been taken completely out of context and referred to specific court cases
— Mabel Jansen (@mabel_jansen) May 8, 2016
After being reachable to Business Day, Jansen told them that,
“Looking at the statistics of the criminal appeals and trials dealt with by the courts, “de facto, there are an inordinate amount of rape cases”.
Instead of hounding me with the epithet of a ‘racist’, the real issue should be addressed squarely, and that is the protection of vulnerable women and children and an endeavor to cure the pandemic”.
She ended with the question, “Who will speak for them”?
Source, BBC, The Telegraph, Business Day, Twitter