South African Judge in race rape row

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JOHANNESBURG – A white South African judge has sparked a racism row after she purportedly said on social media that rape was part of the culture of black men.

Judge Mabel Jansen said the gang-rape of babies, girls and women was seen as a "pleasurable" past-time.

A petition has been launched to demand her removal as a judge. She said her comments had been taken out of context.

South Africa has been hit by a spate of racism rows in recent months, triggered by comments on social media.

The government has responded by saying that it intends to toughen anti-racism laws.

White minority rule and legalised racism ended in South Africa in 1994.

The latest row came after comments that Judge Jansen purportedly made on Facebook in a conversation with South African activist Gillian Schutte last year went viral at the weekend.

"In their culture a woman is there to pleasure them. Period. It is seen as an absolute right and a woman's consent is not required," the judge is quoted as saying.

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