2016 Year in Review

Zephany Nurse and Henri van Breda, court cases that rocked the Cape

The complex trial of Zephany Nurse made world headlines this year and locals await more concrete developments from the van Breda triple murder case.

A 51-year-old woman from Lavender Hill was convicted of kidnapping Zephany Nurse in 1997 and sentenced to 10 years behind prison.

She was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court for snatching the then three-day-old infant from the Groote Schuur Hospital, and raising the child as her own.

But with the kidnapper behind bars, it's alleged Zephany wants nothing to do with her biological family (parents Celeste and Morne Nurse) who have waited 17 years to be re-united with their daughter.

EWN's Giovanna Gerbi says the case has not really come to any satisfactory conclusion, with some referring to the judgement as 'empty justice'.

They've found her, but she's kind of out of their lives again. A very sad situation.

Giovanna Gerbi, EWN reporter

Gerbi says the trial has opened her eyes to the difficult lines between feelings of compassion and hard legal facts.

She recalls the emotions of the trial and the expressive nature of presiding Judge John Hlophe.

After the sentence was handed down, a scuffle ensued between the kidnapper's relatives and the Nurse family.

Fast-forward to today, 19-year-old Zephany is pregnant and expecting her child early in 2017, still estranged from her biological family.

A lot of people are saying that maybe when she becomes a mother she will know what it feels like.

Giovanna Gerbi, EWN reporter

At the same time, murder suspect Henri van Breda is accused of the triple axe murder of his family at their luxury De Zalze Golf Estate home in Stellenbosch.

After almost two years, the court proceedings will resume early next. Van Breda is on R100 000 bail after he handed himself over in June.

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