In a fascinating new update, the Gauteng Provincial Government has released a statement saying that Gosiame Sithole, who reportedly gave birth to decuplets, was never pregnant in the first place.
Gosiame Sithole didn't give birth at all, the Gauteng Provincial Government said on Wednesday.
STATEMENT OF THE GAUTENG PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ON THE SO-CALLED “DECUPLETS” pic.twitter.com/b6JVJwdSJp— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) June 23, 2021
"It has now been established by medical practitioners that Ms. Sithole did not give birth to any babies in recent times. It has also been established that she was not pregnant in recent times," said provincial government spokesperson Thabo Masebe.
"The Gauteng Provincial Government will continue to give medical, psychological and social support to Ms. Sithole and provide any counseling she might require."
The "Tembisa Ten" rocked the world earlier this month when they were supposedly born, having broken the record for most babies born in one birth.
The mom was said to have given birth to the babies on June 7th, consisting of 7 boys and 3 girls via Cesarean section. It was reported the babies were born at twenty-nine weeks, meaning they were very premature and were fighting for their lives at a hospital in South Africa.
However, 10 days after their supposed birth, the real - and very chaotic - story began to unravel.
The father, Tebogo Tsotetsi came forward saying he had not yet seen the children and the whereabouts of Ms. Sithole was unknown.
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.
There has been much speculation surrounding the legitimacy of the pregnancy as more proof began to come forward.
The Gauteng Government came forward to say they found no hospital or birth records for the supposed babies.
GAUTENG GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO PUBLIC ENQUIRY ON THE BIRTH OF DECUPLETS pic.twitter.com/BbE7fatchj— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) June 9, 2021
Government departments, hospitals, and social workers all refuted the story and a missing person case was opened in connection with the mother's whereabouts.
A week later the Tsotetsi family released a statement 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.
The family also urged people to stop donating to Ms. Sithole until the credibility of the children had been proved.
"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.
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. During an interview at their family home in Tembisa in May, she said she was "shocked and fascinated" by 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.
Correction Ndaedzo. I said I cannot confirm the exact location where Sithole gave birth, and the whereabouts and health status of the babies. However, the woman was pregnant and did give birth. She also took pictures inside Steve Biko last week, and later in the mothers' section. https://t.co/IMNdvCshUJ— Mr Putin (@pietrampedi) June 20, 2021
"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.
However, after Tsotetsi's statement, Sithole gave her statement through journalist Piet Mahasha Rampedi, who originally reported the pregnancy.
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.
Updates are to follow...