Zephany Nurse has slammed the media for reporting on what she has labelled as hurtful “lies”.
In only her second public statement, the 18-year-old girl, who was snatched from Groote Schuur Hospital just three days after her birth, said she feels her “skin [has been] ripped off her face” because of “lies” being published about her family.
Speaking via her legal representative Ann Skelton, Zephany said she is fed-up of people judging her and her family, after the sensational revelation of her true identity made headlines around the world a year ago.
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A 51-year-old woman who raised her for 18 years is currently on trial in the Western Cape High Court, facing charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children’s Act.
The Seawinds woman is due to be cross-examined on the stand on Monday.
Skelton said: “Zephany is writing her supplementary matric exams at the moment, as the trial is unfolding.
“This is because last year’s events took their toll on her to the extent that she could not write at the same time as her classmates.”
In SMSes sent to Skelton, Zephany had the following to say to the media: “Wow, you have done it again. Have you got no shame or a bit of remorse about what I am going through?
“I am writing my supplementary exams. You invaded personal things about me and my loved ones. Not even half of those things are true.
“You have no idea what it’s like to walk in the street where people know me and judge me because of you invading personal things about my life.
“Don’t you think for once that that is my mother? Whether it is true or not is not for you to toy with.
“Take all the professionalism away and think how it would be if this was you and your family, and your reputation gets swept through the disgusting gutters of filth.
“How would you look at yourself in the mirror? How would you feel as a father, desperately broken, but still finds the goodness to support his family?
“While you are out there publishing stories which you yourself don’t know if it’s true or not, how would your daughter or son feel when their skin feels ripped off their face?
“Appreciate the privacy you have with your family and think what I am going through, and my father and mother.
“I plead again: don’t hurt me no more with these lies please. I am 18 years old. I am also trying to structure my life. Thank you.”
The Daily Voice tried to contact Morne Nurse and Celeste Nurse’s mother, Marilyn Francis, for comment but their phones went to voicemail.
(Source: Daily Voice/IOL]