Zephany's abductor finally hears her fate


The woman convicted of kidnapping baby Zephany Nurse from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars. 

"Take her to the cells," Judge John Hlophe said to conclude his sentencing.

The judge said the crimes she committed were of a serious nature, but that he had taken her personal circumstances such as her age, previously clean criminal record and chronic conditions into consideration.

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On March 10, Hlophe convicted the woman of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children's Act. She maintained in her testimony that she had not been at Groote Schuur Hospital on the day Nurse was kidnapped in 1997.

The woman was arrested in February 2015 after the teenager’s true identity came to light when the girl's biological sister Cassidy, who is four years younger, told her parents that a girl in matric at her school bore a striking resemblance to her and her parents.

DNA tests confirmed the teenager was Zephany.

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The kidnapper, however, said she got the baby from a woman called Sylvia, who had been giving her fertility treatment in 1997 after she had miscarried.

Sylvia apparently arranged for the baby to be handed to her at the Wynberg train station without her prior knowledge, she claimed.

Zephany, now 19, currently lives in Steenberg with the man she thought was her father.

The teenager was sent to a place of safety after the kidnapper's arrest. She however opted to move back to the home in which she lived and is understood to have a close bond with the kidnapper's husband.


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