#ZephanyNurse: Accused’s husband ‘shocked’ by DNA results

The Lavender Hill woman’s husband testified he never suspected the three-day-old baby wasn’t his.

FILE: The woman accused of snatching Zephany Nurse from her mother’s arms in 1997 arrives at the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The husband of a woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse says he was shocked when he only learnt last year the child he was raising wasn't biologically his.

A Lavender Hill woman is on trial at the Western Cape High Court for abducting the three-day-old baby from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

The Hawks arrested her a year ago when DNA tests proved the teenager belonged to Morne and Celeste Nurse, who had been searching for her since her disappearance.

The Lavender Hill woman's soft-spoken husband testified he never suspected the three-day-old baby wasn't his.

He claimed he wasn't very observant during his wife's pregnancy and didn't realise she had miscarried their own child several months before Zephany arrived.

Judge John Hlophe asked him if he ever saw the accused breastfeeding the baby.

He replied the infant used to lie on her chest, but he never witnessed her breastfeeding.

When asked to comment outside the court biological father, Morne, labelled the man an idiot.

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The woman accused of abducting Zephany, does not have an alibi to corroborate her claim that she was at home on the day the child was snatched from Groote Schuur Hospital.

Judge Hlophe asked the accused if anyone would testify that she was at home on the day Zephany was snatched from her sleeping mother's arms.

But the accused says her mother and a neighbour are the only two people who had seen her on the day.

They have both since died.

Hlophe also asked the accused why a witness known as Mrs Piet, would lie about seeing her at hospital on 29 and 30 April 1997.

The accused told the court she saw Mrs Piet at the ID parade for the very first time last year.

The 51-year-old insists Mrs Piet identified her, only because she had seen a photo of her beforehand.


The National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape says it will be up to Judge Hlophe to decide the fate of the woman accused of the kidnapping.

The State and the Defence are expected to make closing arguments in the woman's trial in the Western Cape High Court tomorrow.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says he's positive the State has done all it can to secure a conviction

"Both parties have closed their case; we've put our evidence before the court and the defence has put its evidence before the court. We are going to argue tomorrow in mitigation and aggravation and we will leave everything in the hands of the judge."