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Zephany Nurse working on relationship with biological family, says grandfather

Nurse's grandfather does not see his granddaughter often as they live on opposite sides of the city.

Zephany Nurse's mother Celeste makes her way to the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Zephany Nurse's grandfather says although they don't see the teenager often, their relationship is improving.

The State is expected to call the teenager as a witness as sentencing proceedings against her convicted kidnapper commences at the Western Cape High Court today.

The 19-year-old was snatched from her sleeping mother's arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

She was reunited with her biological family last year.

Nurse's biological grandfather Adam Nurse says he hasn't seen his granddaughter for a while as they live on opposite sides of the city.

But he says the 19-year-old sees her biological parents now and then, and they are working on building their relationship.

"There's been a lot of improvement, but we're still giving it time to develop in the proper way for a relationship to be between a mother and daughter."

The media can't sit in on today's proceedings as Nurse will be testifying in camera. Documents will also not be made available.

A court order states the young woman's name, with which she grew up, may not be revealed publicly.

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