Zephany Nurse's biological family 'desperate' to move on

A Lavender Hill woman who raised Zephany as her own is on trial in the Western Cape High Court.

Members of Zephany Nurse's biological family leave the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The biological family of Zephany Nurse say her abduction almost 19 years ago has caused them immense heartache over the years.

A Lavender Hill woman who raised Zephany as her own is on trial in the Western Cape High Court.

She allegedly snatched the child out of her sleeping mother's arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

She is accused of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act, and pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

The teenager's biological grandmother Zephra Nurse says her family is desperate to put this ordeal behind them.

"The pain the suffering… especially for Morne and Celeste. I am happy that it will come to a close and the healing can start."

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A state witness, known only as Mrs Piet, claims the accused also tried to snatch her child on the day Zephany disappeared.

Mrs Piet was animated as she told the court how she was suspicious of the accused.

She explained she was at a phone booth, keeping an eye on a corridor at Groote Schuur Hospital, when she saw the accused holding her baby.

She immediately rushed over to the woman and took her baby.

Judge John Hlophe asked her to identify the woman. She immediately pointed at the alleged kidnapper sitting in the dock.

But after defence lawyer Riaz Khan cross-examined Mrs Piet, the descriptions in the two sworn statements detailing the suspect didn't match up.

It was also pointed out that biological father, Morne Nurse, had sent a photo of the accused to Mrs Piet ahead of last year's identity parade.

Mrs Piet, however, is adamant she saw the accused at the hospital on the day the baby disappeared.