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Accused in Zephany Nurse case fails to provide proof of ‘adoption’

The Lavender Hill woman has pleaded not guilty to snatching the girl from her sleeping mother's arms in 1997.

The Lavender Hill woman accused of snatching Zephany Nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 covers her face as she leaves court on 24 July 2015. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - The woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse has testified she has no proof to support her claim that she thought it was a legal adoption.

The Lavender Hill woman has pleaded not guilty to snatching the girl from her sleeping mother's arms in Groote Schuur Hospital in April 1997.

The accused took the stand today and the matter was later adjourned because the prosecutor was not available for cross examination.

The accused maintains she thought it was a legal adoption, but cannot produce any paperwork to prove it.

She claims a woman, known only as Sylvia, allegedly helped her with the adoption process.

When asked whether she has tried to contact Sylvia since her arrest, the accused told the court she had lost the woman’s number.

She could also not produce any receipts of alleged payments to Sylvia, for fertility medication and the alleged adoption.

At the same time, Zephany’s biological family say they want the woman who allegedly abducted their daughter when to be punished accordingly.

The girl’s biological father, Morne Nurse, says they feel no sympathy for her after she broke down in court.

“Actually to me this whole thing is a joke [because] the whole world knows [the truth]. Justice will prevail eventually and that’s all I have to say.” 

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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