The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) strongly condemns the alleged unsavoury comments by Judge Mabel Jansen. It is our firm belief that Judge Jansen sought to racialize rape as black phenomenon forgetting that rape does take place even amongst other racial groupings. Her assertions that she still has to meet a black girl by the age of 12 who is not raped is rather unfortunate and is based on prejudice. The CGE court monitoring processes throughout the country have established that rape is committed by all people of different racial groups.
Judge Jansen’s regrettable comments also seek to paint black women as brainless creatures which is not true at all. At the time that South Africa is coming with strategies to eradicate the scourge of gender based violence and sexual related offences, it takes a Judge to defeat such a purpose. The Commission for Gender Equality has in the past complained about systemic issues that seem to be a hindrance in speedy resolution of sexual related cases, little did we know that it is the likes of Judge Jansen who are prejudicial in handling such cases, henceforth such a massive backlogs and delays.
To generalize that murder and rape of babies, daughters and mothers as pleasurable pastimes in black communities is very insulting and is not based on facts. The crime statistics as released by the Department of Police and Statistics South Africa do not collaborate Judge Jansen’s pedestrian non-research assertion comments. It could have been understood in the context that the majority of men who have come before her bench are blacks but not to labelled everyone as a murderer or rapist. Such inflammatory racial slur would only reinforce the long held view that instead of applying the law some judges used their own biasness whilst presiding over rape cases.
“The Commission for Gender Equality will look into the possibility of lodging a formal complaint with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for it to investigate the allege comments.” Said Mr. Shozi, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. SEO paslaugos gera kaina, Google Adwords, elektroninių parduotuvių bei internetinių svetainių kūrimas – Eugenijus Mockaitis
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 10 May 2016
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.