'I’m guilty of raising her, yes. I raised her with the help of God but I didn’t take her'

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22 February 2016

The woman accused of kidnapping newborn Zephany Nurse from her biological mother at Groote Schuur Hospital 19 years ago appeared in the Western Cape High Court today.

The woman accused of kidnapping newborn Zephany Nurse from her biological mother at Groote Schuur Hospital 19 years ago appeared in the Western Cape High Court today.

The 51-year-old woman from Lavender Hill, has been out on bail of R5000 after she was arrested in February 2015.

In an exclusive interview last year, she told YOU: "I didn’t take her from the hospital. I wasn’t near the hospital.”

She claimed that after she suffered a miscarriage, she was contacted by a person who promised they could help her have a child.

Read more: Zephany Nurse – the girl with two birthdays

One morning, she alleged, the person called her and  told her there was a newborn baby whose young mother wasn’t up to raising her.

"I was told her mother didn’t want her because she was so young."

“I’m guilty of raising her, yes. I raised her with the help of God but I didn’t take her. ”

The accused may not be named as it may lead to the teenager being identified.

Up till now, the young woman has been known by the name her biological parents gave her, Zephany.

Read more: ‘Thank you for raising our daughter’: Zephany’s parents forgive her abductor

The matter came to light when the Zephany'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 parents.

When the parents discovered the girl had the same birthday as their missing child, they reported it to police.

DNA tests had confirmed the teen was indeed their daughter.

Getting closure

Outside the court, Western Cape social development MEC Albert Fritz said while his department had offered the teenager counselling, she had not been attending the sessions.

“But we are still talking to her. We are hopeful that the case will bring closure for everyone.”

He was attending proceedings because he took the case “very seriously” and was concerned about the fate of all those involved. They wanted to continue the support they had been giving the girl and wanted the trial concluded speedily, he said.

The teenager is understood to be living with the accused’s husband, who raised her as his own.

The woman is not allowed to have any contact with the victim until the conclusion of the trial.

The case was postponed to Tuesday as prosecutor Evadne Kortje and Reaz Khan, for the accused, finalised admissions.

Kortje told Judge John Hlope she would have no more than seven key witnesses. Khan said he would call two.

YOU/ News24

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