'There's no hope of Zephany reconciling with biological family'

A relative of Zephany Nurse’s kidnapper claims the teenager wants nothing to do with her biological family.

FILE: Zephany Nurse's father Morne leaves the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The family of the woman who kidnapped Zephany Nurse believes there is no hope of the teenager reconciling with her biological family.

A Lavender hill resident was today sentenced to an effective 10 years' imprisonment in the Western Cape High Court.

The 52-year-old snatched the three-day old child from her sleeping mother's arms at the Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

A relative of the convicted kidnapper says they will continue to support her regardless of the court's findings.

"One hundred and 50 percent, I will [support her], because the court is saying she isn't remorseful but the first thing that comes to her mind is that she is so sorry for Zephany for the things that have happened."

She says while they are saddened by the sentence, the family is more concerned about how it will affect Zephany.

"That child is going to be devastated - that's the only person that ever cared about her."

She claims the teenager wants nothing to do with her biological family because they have badmouthed the man who raised her and have not been there for her.


At the same time, Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe has told the woman who kidnapped Zephany her fate might have been different had she confessed and shown remorse.

"It's very clear you have caused so much harm to the Nurse family," said Hlophe during the sentencing.

The judge hammered on the seriousness of her crime and that she deprived Zephany's biological parents from raising their firstborn.

He added she would have seen all the publicity around the missing child over the years and should have returned the child to her parents.

Hlophe said he considered the kidnapper's age, that she's a first time offender, that she has a history of miscarriages and that she suffers from chronic illnesses while deliberating an appropriate sentence.

But, he stated that what changed her fate was her failure to plead guilty, confess or show some form of remorse.

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