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10-babies claim by South African woman a lie, say authorities

The Gauteng provincial government says none of the hospitals in the area has any record of the births.

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A South African woman who claimed to have given birth to 10 babies this month lied to the world as she was not pregnant and had not given birth to any children in recent times, authorities said Wednesday, according to Anadolu.

The Gauteng provincial government, which includes the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, said in a statement that it launched investigations this month after a local publication claimed that Gosiame Sithole, 37, had delivered 10 babies on June 7.

The publication claimed that Sithole delivered seven boys and three girls by caesarean section at an undisclosed hospital.

“None of the hospitals in the province – both private and public – had any records of such births at their facility,” the statement said.

Sithole’s alleged “miracle birth” excited the world, which believed she had set a new Guinness World Record after news of a Malian woman giving birth to nonuplets in Morocco last month.

But the secrecy surrounding the whereabouts of the mother and babies created doubt among some South Africans, with many wondering if the 10 miracle babies indeed existed.

Last week, the family of Tebogo Tsotetsi, Sithole’s boyfriend, said in a statement that he had confirmed to them that he had not seen the babies and had relied on his girlfriend, who called to inform him of their birth.

The statement further claimed that Tsotetsi had made several attempts to visit Sithole and the babies at the hospital, but that she did not disclose her whereabouts to him or inform him of the condition of the babies.

“The family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole, until proven otherwise,” it said.

The provincial government said its social development department social workers had reached out to Sithole with concern about her state of heath and her babies.

The statement further said they arranged for her to be admitted to Tembisa Hospital near Johannesburg for observation on June 18 and that it was established by doctors that she had not given birth to any babies in recent times. It was also established that she had not been pregnant in recent times.

Independent Media Group, which first broke the story, stands by its version. The Gauteng provincial government said it was concerned by the conduct of Independent Media Group and had instructed the attorney-general to take legal action against the publication and its Pretoria news editor Piet Rampedi.

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