#ZephanyNurse case: Accused denies kidnapping claims

The soft-spoken accused maintains she did not kidnap three-day-old Zephany in April 1997.

Zephany Nurse's father Morne in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Lavender Hill woman who raised Zephany Nurse said she was planning to tell the teenager she was adopted after the matric exams.

The woman has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping the girl from Groote Schuur Hospital in April 1997.

Yesterday, the accused testified in her trial which has been postponed to Monday because the prosecutor is unavailable this week.

Zephany in April 1997.

On the stand, she claimed she met a woman at Tygerberg Hospital who advised her about fertility treatments and adoption.

The accused said after several miscarriages and battling to fall pregnant for many years, she agreed to go the adoption route and pay R3,000 for a child.

She claimed her husband was oblivious and said she chose to keep the adoption a secret because she did not want to destroy their close bond.

The woman accused also testified she has no proof to support her claim that she thought it was a legal adoption.

She maintained she thought it was a legal adoption, but cannot produce any paperwork to prove it.

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.

The girl's biological father, Morne Nurse, said he feels no sympathy for her after she broke down in court.

"Actually to me this whole thing is a joke because the whole world knows the truth. Justice will prevail eventually and that's all I have to say."