A father of 10 babies reportedly born at the same time in South Africa has asked the public to stop donating money to the mother.

Teboho Tsotetsi's wife, Gosiame Sithole, made headlines earlier this month after finding out she was going to give birth to decuplets.

However, mystery continues to surround the potentially record-breaking pregnancy.

"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 South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper, the Mediclinic Medforum Hospital in Pretoria - where Ms. Sithole claimed to have given birth on June 8th - said it had not treated her.

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Spokesperson Tertia Kruger told the newspaper: "We can confirm that none of our facilities were involved in the obstetric care of this patient or her decuplets."

Tsotetsi later said Ms. Sithole had been moved to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital on Friday, but it was reported that authorities were unable to trace her at any of their public or private health facilities.

CEO of the Hospital, Dr. Mathabo Mathebula, told Radio 702 that Ms. Sithole was not at the hospital, but did arrive explaining she was the mother of 10 babies.

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"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 father has said he hasn't seen his wife since she left home on June 7, over coronavirus concerns...

Despite this, Tsotetsi flew to Cape Town on Wednesday to accept a £50,000 ($70,000) donation for the children insisting the world will "see them at the right time."

Although many are starting to doubt the pregnancy altogether.

Tsotetsi claims his wife gave birth to 7 boys and 3 girls after a twenty-nine-week pregnancy, even though this is usually the result of fertility treatments.

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No doctor has come forward to verify the delivery, and no pictures of the babies have been published, due to cultural and religious reasons.

If the birth is confirmed real, it would be classed as a world record.