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#ZephanyNurse trial: State to cross-examine accused

The woman insists she was not at Groote Schuur Hospital at the time Zephany was kidnapped in 1997.

The accused in the Zephany Nurse trial makes her way to the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – The state will today start cross-examining the woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse in the late 90s.

The woman’s trial will resume today in the Western Cape High Court.

The 51-year-old woman insists she was not at Groote Schuur Hospital at the time Zephany was kidnapped in 1997 and claims to have legally adopted her with the help of a woman known only as Sylvia.

She’s pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against her.

She, however, has no proof of the adoption paperwork, nor could she provide the court with information about Sylvia’s whereabouts.

Last week, when asked whether she had 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 said they want the woman who allegedly abducted their daughter to be punished accordingly.

Meanwhile, in a statement released by the Centre for Child Law on behalf of Zephany, the teenager has asked that her privacy be respected.

The 18-year-old said that she’s currently writing supplementary matric exams.

She couldn’t complete her final exams last year due to the toll the abduction case against the woman she thought was her mother had taken on her.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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