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Morne Nurse hopeful relationship with Zephany will improve

Nurse believes once her kidnapper is jailed, his relationship will improve with his child.

Morne Nurse, the biological father of Zephany Nurse. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The biological parents of Zephany Nurse say no amount of jail time for the woman convicted of stealing their child can make up for the time they have lost with her.

The State and defence concluded sentencing proceedings against the Lavender Hill resident in the Western Cape High Court yesterday.

The 52-year-old, who still maintains her innocence after having been found guilty earlier this year, will know her fate later this month.

The teenager's biological father Morne Nurse has accused the woman of lying.

"We are nearing the end now and we're very happy as a family. We just want to get this thing over and done with. All of us know that she's a liar."

Nurse believes once the woman is jailed, his relationship will improve with his child.

"I think once this lady is locked up, I think the breakthrough will come eventually. I think there's been a lot of indoctrination from that family's side and it's no good lying to the world. My relationship was fine with my daughter but the minute she [the kidnapper] got bail, things collapsed."

The case resumes for closing arguments next week.

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