Statement on comments made by Judge Mabel Jansen

Media release

Freedom Under Law (FUL) is shocked by Judge Mabel Jansen’s generalisations about rape by black men on Facebook. These statements are simply unacceptable – doubly so when made by a serving judge.

FUL calls for a speedy investigation of the matter by the Judicial Service Commission.

Consistent with what FUL has advanced in all cases of a serious complaint against a judge, FUL also calls for Judge Jansen to be placed on special leave in the meanwhile. Black accused or litigants cannot be expected to have confidence in their matters being heard by Judge Jansen until the Judicial Service Commission has made its determination.