Petition against Dewani judge to be studied

A group wants Judge Jeanette Traverso’s conduct during the trial investigated by the Justice Ministry.

FILE: The Hindocha family faces a large group of photographers upon arriving in Khayelitsha to mark the fourth anniversary of Anni Dewani's murder on 13 November 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Ministry has indicated it will closely study concerns raised in a petition calling for the judge in the Shrien Dewani murder trial to be recused.

The petition was handed to the ministry yesterday.

The group, Justice4Anni, has also written to the provincial Director of Public Prosecutions in the Western Cape to have Judge Jeanette Traverso recused.

The group wants Justice Minister Michael Masutha to investigate Traverso's conduct during the trial.

The group's Jack Verschuur says they're also calling for a retrial.

They claim she's biased towards Dewani who's accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.

The ministry's Mthunzi Manga said, "The issues that are raised will be reflected upon by the minister."

Judgment in the British businessman's application to be discharged and acquitted is expected to be delivered in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

If Dewani's application is granted, he will be able to leave the country a free man.

Yesterday, Anni's brother said it will be wrong for Dewani to leave South Africa without taking the stand in his murder trial.