19 years of pain after Zephany's kidnapping - granny

2016-02-24 21:00
Morne Nurse. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Nineteen years after newborn Zephany Nurse was snatched from her cot at Groote Schuur Hospital, Zephany Nurse’s biological family say they will see how "God works it out".

Paternal grandmother Zephra Nurse said she was happy with the pace of the trial and hoped that a ruling would be made soon.

"We want to go on with our lives, work things out and heal. It has been 19 years of pain," she said outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

A 51-year-old woman arrested in February 2015 is on trial, facing charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children’s Act. She may not be named to protect the teenager’s identity.

Since the start of the trial on Tuesday, five witnesses have testified.

Nurse said the long search was filled with "pain and suffering" for her son Morne and his now ex-wife Celeste.

"If I as grandma feel like this, how did her mother not feel? All the families concerned were affected."

What hurt, she said, was that Zephany had come back to them at an age when they could no longer have a say over how she was raised.

Zephany was found when the girl's biological sister, who is four years younger, told her parents that a matric girl at her school bore a striking resemblance to her and her family.

When the parents discovered the girl had the same birthday as their missing child, they reported it to police. DNA tests confirmed the teen was indeed their daughter.

After Wednesday’s proceedings, Celeste Nurse said she felt "good" about the way the proceedings were progressing.

"We’re getting somewhere," she added.

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