It Happened Here


The kidnapping of Baby Zephany

Season 1, Ep. 15

Zephany was born on 28 April 1997, in Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town. She’d been born via C-section, and so her mom was still recuperating in the ward a few days later. And it was while mom Celeste lay there, in and out of an exhausted, post-operative sleep with her little girl resting by her side that the unthinkable happened. On April 30th, someone entered that room, dressed in the maroon trousers and oatmeal shirt of the Groote Schuur staff uniform, and took Zephany from her crib before disappearing, seemingly forever.


Miche’s book:

2010 interview with the Nurses:

Interview with Lavona and Michael  in 2015:

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