- A government spokesperson recently shared that there is no evidence available to them that a Gauteng woman had given birth to a whopping 10 babies recently
- The spokeswoman, Phumla Williams, said in a statement that despite various media reports, the government can't seem to find evidence of the claims and would love some clarity on the matter
- Williams' statement comes after various news publications claimed that a Gauteng woman broke all Guinness World Records when she gave birth to 10 babies at a Pretoria hospital
A recent statement made by a government spokeswoman, Phumla Williams, revealed that government has no evidence that a Gauteng woman named Gosiame Thamara Sithole gave birth to 10 babies at once.
"The government has been unable to verify the authenticity of these births at any of our facilities," reads part of a statement made by Williams.
More doubt on the miraculous birth story
"My office & our Dept. of Social Dev. have been searching for the family who allegedly gave birth to 10 kids today. Apparently, they from Tembisa & we wanted to assist as a city.
"Can @IOL provide some info on this story? Or has mainstream media degenerated into a fake news factory?" reads a tweet by Mzwandile Masina, the ANC Ekurhuleni Regional Chairperson.
South Africans are divided and confused
Many locals have expressed their confusion over the matter. While many of them started questioning the amazing birth story, others shared what little information they had:
"Good day my Leader. The gentleman [sic] who gave birth to 10 babies in Tembisa is my friend and is not a piece of fake news, I can arrange for a meeting with him."
"This story is quite strange. Why has no hospital come forward to announce such a miraculous event? I mean, hospitals never miss an opportunity to make headlines. No TV news channel is carrying the story. Something fishy here."
Too good to be true?
Briefly News previously reported that a Gauteng woman had supposedly given birth to 10 healthy babies, apparently breaking the Guinness World Record held by a Moroccan woman. According to an exclusive report by IOL, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, gave birth to her decuplets – two more babies than doctors had earlier detected during the medical scans – at a hospital in Pretoria last night, said her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi.
To the surprise of many social media users, it was reported the mom was not on any fertility treatment and conceived her children naturally. Reports had said the new mama delivered seven boys and three girls by Caesarean section, 29 weeks into the miraculous pregnancy. Weary and tired, the exhausted but overjoyed new papa had this to say outside the delivery room:
“It’s seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please."
Update: Government found the family
After Mzwandile Masina, ANC Ekurhuleni Regional Chairperson and Mayor of Ekurhuleni, said there was no evidence to prove that a Gauteng mom had birthed 10 babies in a Pretoria hospital, the politician now backtracked on his claims.
Government officials have been able to track down the family since. Read more here.
THE RECENT UPDATE TO THE STORY: Tembisa 10: Mediclinic says the babies were not born at their hospital
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