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Zephany Nurse case: Accused allegedly ‘ordered’ the baby

The State has questioned why the accused would trust a woman, known only as ‘Sylvia’, with adopting a baby.

Zephany Nurse's biological father, Morne, arrives at the Western Cape High Court on 25 February 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – The prosecution against a woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse claims she ordered the baby.

The Lavender Hill resident is accused of snatching the child from her sleeping mother’s arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in April 1997.

She has pleaded not guilty and claims she was led to believe it was a legal adoption.

The State has questioned why the accused would trust a woman, known only as ‘Sylvia’, with adopting a baby, if the fertility medication she had given her did not work.

The accused answered the woman had promised her.

She said she had paid R3,000 for the fertility medication and the adoption.

But the prosecution then asked her where in South Africa one pays that amount for a baby.

It has also been established the accused never met Sylvia at her offices to discuss the alleged adoption process.

Instead they met at a coffee shop in Cape Town.

NO POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION

A nurse has testified there's no way she can positively identify a suspicious woman in the Groote Schuur Hospital maternity ward where Zephany.

Groote Schuur Hospital nurse, Gertrude Hanslo, has testified she noticed a suspicious woman in a nurse’s uniform.

Today, Judge John Hlophe asked her whether that person was in the courtroom.

She replied that she could not remember because it was almost 20 years ago.

Hanslo testified she was rushing home after work and noticed a person near the lift wearing a nurse's uniform.

She says when she saw the person turn back to the ward and chat to someone, she thought nothing more of it.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza & Winnie Theletsane)

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