Wednesday, May 11, 2016
'Black men see gang-rape of babies, daughters and mothers as a pleasurable past-time'
A white South African judge was at the centre of a social media storm after Facebook comments emerged in which she suggested rape was part of black culture.
Political parties rushed to condemn the messages, which sparked fresh outrage after a series of recent internet postings underlined racial tensions in South Africa, 22 years after the end of apartheid rule.
'In their culture a woman is there to pleasure them. Period,' wrote Judge Mabel Jansen, who sits in the High Court in the capital Pretoria. 'It is seen as an absolute right and a woman's consent is not required.'
Jansen added: 'I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12. I am dead serious.'
The opposition Democratic Alliance party said it would report the messages to the country's Judicial Services Commission to be investigated.
Her comments were 'not only hurtful and demeaning', but undermined 'the dignity of our people,' the party said.
Jansen took to Twitter to defend herself, arguing her postings had been misrepresented.
'What I stated confidentially to somebody in a position to help has been taken completely out of context and referred to specific court cases,' she said.
'The real issue... is the protection of vulnerable women and children and an endeavour to cure the pandemic.'
Official statistics showed that 43,195 rapes were reported in South Africa between April 2014 and March 2015, though most rapes are not reported to police.
From what I have seen and heard about South Africa, there is a lot in what she said. I have visited South Africa both during Apartheid and subsequently. And the subsequent decline in civility was marked. When I was in SA in the '70s, the affluent Jo'burg suburb of Sandton had very little in the way of fences. Now all houses there have 8' high fences topped with razor wire. Does that tell you anything?
I also have South African correspondents who tell tales of woe -- JR