Closing arguments in Zephany Nurse case to commence today

The court ordered that Zephany Nurse's testimony and personal information not be made public.

Zephany Nurse’s kidnapper was found guilty of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children's Act. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Closing arguments in the sentencing of the woman who kidnapped Zephany Nurse will commence in the Western Cape High Court today.

The 52-year-old woman has been found guilty of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act, but maintains her innocence.

The Lavender Hill resident snatched the three-day-old child from her sleeping mother's arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 and then raised her as her own.

Judge President John Hlope has ordered both the state and the defence to not reintroduce Zephany Nurse's testimony in their closing arguments.

The teenager last week testified in camera, against the woman she believed was her mother for nearly 18 years.

The court has ordered that her testimony and personal information regarding her life may not be made public.

The teenager's biological family has admitted to having a strained relationship with her.