Goliath steps into Traverso’s shoes

Judge Patricia Goliath is well-known for presiding over the trial of murdered Bredasdorp teen Anene Booysen.

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CAPE TOWN - Judge Patricia Goliath has been appointed Deputy Judge President of the Western Cape High Court.

She takes over from Judge Jeanette Traverso, who has retired at the age of 70.

Goliath is well-known for presiding over the murder and rape trial of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen.

Her predecessor, Judge Traverso, was appointed to the bench in 1994.

She became the first woman in the country to take up the position of Deputy Judge President in 2001.

Fifteen years later, Traverso has decided to hang up her robe.

President Jacob Zuma confirmed Goliath's appointment today, along with the names of other judges who have been appointed to various courts.

His spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga says, "Judge Traverso had reached the age of 70 last month. She had been in active service for 22 years and so she applied to the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development to retire."

Traverso made headlines for presiding over the Shrien Dewani trial.

Dewani, a businessman from Bristol, was acquitted of the murder of his wife, Anni, during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

A complaint that Traverso was biased against the prosecution during the trial, was dismissed last year by the Judicial Conduct Committee.

The Justice4Anni group and Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) both complained that the Judge was rude and aggressive to state prosecutor Adrian Mopp during the trial.