Zephany Nurse to reveal sensitive information about life

Zephany Nurse will testify against the woman convicted of kidnapping her in 1997.

FILE: Celeste Nurse. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says Zephany Nurse will today be called to testify against the woman convicted of kidnapping her.

Sentencing proceedings continue against the Lavender Hill resident in the Western Cape High Court.

The 52-year-old woman, who has been convicted of fraud, kidnapping and contravention of sections of the Children's Act, maintains that she's innocent.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says Zephany will deliver her testimony in camera, because of the "deeply sensitive" information she's expected to reveal about her life.

"One thing we can mention is that things are going fine up to this stage."

The teenager was reunited with her biological parents in February last year, months before her 18th birthday.

The parents say they have struggled to build a relationship with the teen and it has since deteriorated.

Testifying in aggravation of sentence, Celeste Nurse describes her relationship with her daughter as strained.

Her ex-husband Morne Nurse admits to not having any relationship with his eldest daughter.

THE STRUGGLE TO FIND ZEPHANY

Morne Nurse recalls the events of 30 April 1997, the day he took a call at work revealing his three-day-old daughter had disappeared from the hospital.

He says after 18 years of searching for his missing child, the breakthrough came when his younger daughter started high school and met a girl who resembled her.

Nurse testifies he took the two girls out after school and questioned the girl who resembled his daughter.

He says the teenager told him she was born on 30 April 1997, the exact date on which his daughter disappeared from hospital.

The hopeful father then did some more investigating and went to the Hawks with the information he had gathered.