Cape Town – A Mitchells Plain mother, who was reunited with her kidnapped daughter after an 18-year search in 2012, has urged the family of Zephany Nurse to learn from her mistakes and not put undue pressure on their newly found daughter.
Deloris Cyster warned that unrealistic expectations could result in the reunion being full of heartache rather than joy.
The most difficult part of the emotional journey had been realising she did not know her own daughter after so many years.
Zephany was reunited with her family last week, after being snatched from Groote Schuur Hospital 17 years ago when she was just three days old.
The woman who allegedly snatched and raised Zephany was taken into custody by the Hawks following DNA tests.
Just over three years ago, Cyster, from Freedom Park in Mitchells Plain, cried tears of happiness and relief after she was reunited with her daughter, Johnica Ambral – 18 years after her babysitters snatched her and disappeared without a trace in 1993.
Cyster’s miracle made headlines on Christmas Eve in 2011, and in the New Year the pair were finally reunited after only brief telephonic conversations.
But their happy reunion was short-lived, after Ambral struggled to adapt and opted to return to Port Elizabeth after accusing her mother of ill-treating