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Who registered Zephany Nurse’s birth certificate?

Home Affairs in Malmesbury could not clarify who registered Zephany Nurse six years after her abduction.

Home Affairs officials Gerhard Kotze and Wilhelmina Hofmeyer leave the Western Cape High Court after testifying on 25 February 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Home affairs officials based in Malmesbury could not clarify who registered Zephany Nurse’s birth certificate in 2003, six years after her alleged abduction from Groote Schuur Hospital.

The officials were among State witnesses called to testify in the trial against a woman accused of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children’s Act.

The Lavender Hill woman in her early 50s has pleaded not guilty and says she was led to believe it was a legal adoption.

The manager at Home Affairs’ Malmesbury office, Gerhard Kotze, says parents are not the only people who can register children for a birth certificates.

He says a relative with certified copies of the parents’ Identity Documents may also do it.

Kotze could not provide the court with the original application forms.

But he could confirm Zephany Nurse’s birth was registered at the office in 2003.

Kotze has also told the court it’s not uncommon for a child to be registered for a birth certificate at six years old.

The accused has denied going to the Home Affairs office in question and claims a woman named Sylvia sent her adoption papers that had to be signed.

WATCH: Final State witnesses testify

 

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH A YEAR SINCE ZEPHANY WAS ‘FOUND’

It has been an emotional week in the Western Cape High Court where nine State witnesses testified in the trial of a woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse.

She was reunited with her biological parents, Morne and Celeste Nurse exactly a year ago today.

Celeste Nurse’s sobs reverberated through the courtroom on the first day of the trial.

She broke down after recounting the day her three-day-old infant vanished.

Later, the teenager’s high school principal related how he fetched her out of class on 25 February last year.

He told her that her life would never be the same again.

A State witness known as ‘Mrs Piet’ had her baby on the same day Zephany was born.

She claims the accused attempted to steal her baby before Zephany vanished.

Judge John Hlophe asked Mrs Piet if the accused was in the courtroom and she pointed directly at the accused.

WATCH: Accused pleads ‘not guilty’ 


(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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