#ZephanyNurse: 4th witness takes the stand

The state is questioning its 4th witness in the trial of the woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse in 1997.

The accused in the Zephany Nurse trial makes her way from the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The State is questioning its fourth witness in the trial of the woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse in 1997.

The trial has resumed in the Western Cape High Court with a woman who was in the same maternity ward as the girl's mother, giving evidence.

A Lavender Hill woman stands accused of snatching Nurse when she was just a few days old, from Groote Schuur Hospital in the late 1990s.

Judge John Hlophe has asked the witness if the accused is in court today.

A collective gasp rippled through the courtroom known only as "Mrs Piet" pointed at the woman and confirmed she is the suspicious woman that was at Groote Schuur during the time she gave birth.

While testifying, Piet had detailed how a highly pregnant woman chatted to her in the maternity ward.

But Piet distanced herself from the woman when she saw the woman holding her baby.

Piet says although she had chatted to the woman several times, she never asked her name or where she lived.

A video of an ID parade carried out last year was shown in court, in which the witness had to identify the woman she met in the hospital ward.

In the video Piet seems unsure at first before identifying the woman who is alleged to have snatched Nurse.

The defence hammered on the fact that she wasn't 100 percent sure of who she pointed out.

The defence also told the court that Zephany's biological father, Morné, had been in contact with Piet prior to the parade and sent her a picture of the woman and Zephany, while he was conducting his own investigations.

But Piet insists the woman she spoke to and who held her baby in hospital in 1997, is the same person before court today.

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