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WC social development to continue supporting Zephany Nurse

More than a year ago, Zephany Nurse was reunited with her biological parents, Morne and Celeste.

Members of Zephany Nurse's biological family leave the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – Western Cape social development authorities say they will continue to support a teenager who discovered that she may have been abducted as an infant. 

More than a year ago Zephany Nurse was reunited with her biological parents, Morne and Celeste. 

A Lavender Hill woman had allegedly snatched Zephany when she was three days old at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997. 

The accused faces charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act.

The woman's trial was supposed to start today, but the State requested more time to finalise depositions. 

Provincial social development MEC Albert Fritz said, “We take this case seriously and want to continue the support we have offered from the beginning to Zephany and we want to see a speedy trial.” 

Meanwhile, a woman whose granddaughter was allegedly abducted as a baby, says she wants the truth about her disappearance to come out in court. 

Nurse's paternal grandmother, Zephra Nurse, says the law must take its course.

“The court will decide and it will hear and know what happened. I’m not going to say anything against her until proven guilty.” 

ZEPHANY NURSE CASE COULD BE WRAPPED UP IN DAYS

Judge President John Hlophe, meanwhile, said the trial should not take longer than a week.

The prosecution and defence asked for a postponement in order to finalise lengthy admissions to be made to court.

The State has indicated it will be calling seven key witnesses, while the defence will call two including the accused.

The accused will plead to three charges relating to the snatching of the infant.

The trial will start in the Western Cape High Court tomorrow.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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