Centre for Child Law welcomes Zephany Nurse ruling

The centre obtained the interdict at the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, a week before Nurse turns 18.

Zephany Nurse's biological parents Celeste and Morne Nurse arrive at Cape Town Magistrate's Court on 6 March 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

PRETORIA - While the Centre for Child Law has welcomed a decision to protect the real identity of Zephany Nurse, it will now challenge legislation to ensure the identities of all minors who are affected by crime are protected.

The centre obtained the interdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, a week before Nurse turns 18.

The girl was snatched from Groote Schuur Hospital when she was just three-days-old, but she was tracked down and reunited with her biological parents who had named her 'Zephany' before her kidnapping in 1997.

The Centre for Child Law's Ann Skelton says the court order will prohibit the media from publishing the name Nurse was raised under after being snatched from her biological parents.

"The order says that no person may publish any information that identifies her or may identify her."

Skelton says now they will challenge the legislation in this regard, but they're mindful of the right to freedom of expression.

Media houses have indicated they will oppose the application.

The woman who allegedly kidnapped and raised Nurse was released on R5,000 bail.

She will be appearing in the Cape Town Magistrates Court again at the end of May.