Last week, South African mother Gosiame Sithole claimed to have given birth to 10 babies through Cesarean section – potentially taking over the world record title, which had only been broken the month before in Morocco.
However, nearly 10 days since the supposed birth of the miracle babies, the father has come forward to say he is yet to see the children and Ms. Sithole has vanished…
The father of the famous 10 baby pregnancy has come forward with the shocking claim that he is yet to see the children.
The family of the father’s side of the so-called “Tembisa 10” says they do not believe that 10 babies are real. A statement released by the family said the father, Tebogo Tsotetsi, is yet to see the decuplets and has been relying on Ms. Sithole – his girlfriend – for updates on the children.
Since the story broke last week, there has been speculation into the legitimacy of their story because the mom, who comes from Pretoria, South Africa, would have broken a world record with the claim.
There seems to be no proof of the babies existing, with no birth records at hospitals.
Government departments, hospitals, and social workers have all refuted the story in the past week and a missing person case has since been opened in connection with the mother’s whereabouts, News24 reported.
Tsotetsi and his family released a statement on Tuesday to inform the public of the ongoing saga:
“He (Tsotetsi) made several attempts to visit his girlfriend (Ms. Sithole) and the babies but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of their babies. The current uncertainties and public discourse about the decuplets is of major concern to the family, especially in the absence of any proof of the decuplets existence other than telephonic and WhatsApp messages from the mother.”
“The family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole until proven otherwise and wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and embarrassment,” the statement added.
Phumla Williams, Director General at Government Communication Information System (GCIS), South Africa, posted on Twitter that authorities could not find any evidence of the births…
And there has been much speculation into the credibility of the births, with many, including the family, now saying to stop donations.
“I appreciate the financial support that we have been getting from members of the public, but I also would like to appeal to the public to stop making money deposits into our accounts until members of the community have seen the babies,” Tsotetsi said in a message, according to Pretoria News.
Last Wednesday Tsotetsi flew to Cape Town to accept a £50,000 donation for the children’s care while insisting the world will get to see them “at the right time.” Some cultures believe in not showing off newborns for a few months after the pregnancy.
CEO of the Hospital, Dr. Mathabo Mathebula, told Radio 702 that Ms. Sithole had arrived at the hospital saying she was the woman who had given birth to 10 babies but said she was not currently at the hospital.
“She’s not at the hospital as we speak. We don’t know the background… on Saturday afternoon she appeared, being accompanied by security, [and said] she wants to go to the NIU (neonatal inpatient unit) because she wants to see her babies.”
“She said she gave birth at Louis Pasteur and they told her they will transfer the babies to the hospital [Steve Biko],” Mathebula told the radio station.
The mom is said to have given birth to the babies on June 7th, consisting of 7 boys and 3 girls via Cesarean section.
The contact person on the statement, Russell Baloyi, confirmed he was the family spokesperson and that the statement was legitimate.
A family friend, Matomakgole Mahlangu, also confirmed Tuesday’s statement was authentic.
Ms. Sithole is already a mother to a pair of 6-year-old twins and she claimed in a previous statement that her pregnancy was completely natural without any fertility treatment…
And during an interview at their family home in Tembisa last month, she said she was “shocked and fascinated” by the pregnancy.
But in a recent stream of videos that were filmed before she was reported as missing, Ms. Sithole said the Tsotetsi family wants to benefit from the public donations – completely contradicting her partner’s claims.
Posted by Piet Mahasha Rampedi, a journalist who reported the original pregnancy story on Ms. Sithole at the beginning of the month, the mom “says the Tsotetsis are bitter because they wanted to use her to make money. She says they are being used by politicians. She says she will not be pressured by the Tsotetsi family to disclose the whereabouts of her babies, because they never liked her anyway.”
She also claims “while she was in touch with Tsotetsi today [June 15th], he never told her about the statement except that he was scheduled to a minister. When she confronted her husband, he said he claimed he had nothing to do with it.”
Ms. Sithole says it is the Tsotetsi family who has driven her away and they are after her to benefit from the donations for her babies.
Make sure to stay posted for updates on this bizarre story.