Zephany Nurse accused allegedly on maternity leave in April 1997

The Lavender Hill resident says she knew something was wrong when she was given a three-day-old baby.

FILE: Celeste Nurse, the biological mother of Zephany Nurse, outside the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The State says it has police statements claiming that the woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse was on maternity leave at the time of the kidnapping in April 1997.

Day two of cross-examination of the Lavender Hill resident is currently underway in the Western Cape High Court.

She allegedly snatched Zephany from her sleeping mother's arms at Groote Schuur Hospital.

The accused said she knew something was wrong when she was given a three-day old baby in 1997.

The 51-year-old claims she didn't know she would receive a child that day and says she thought she would have to sign further adoption documents.

The State has told the court statements made to the Hawks by the accused's husband and sister indicate that she was on maternity leave in April 1997.

The accused, however, refutes these claims.

She also insists she never went to a Home Affairs office in Malmesbury in 2003 to register Zephany's birth.


Meanwhile, the accused's husband says he never knew she'd had miscarried, nor had he been told she had adopted a child.

The man took the witness stand this morning.

He told the court he never doubted that Zephany was his child and believed she was was his biological daughter.

At one point he became emotional while on the witness stand.

He says he was devastated when he found out the truth last year.

He, however, admitted in court he didn't know where his wife got the baby from back in 1997.