South African 10 babies story not true, inquiry finds

by Helvine Achieng
June 24, 2021

Earlier this month, a claim that South African woman Gosiame Sithole gave birth to 10 babies made rounds all over social media and seemingly after an official inquiry was done, it was found out that the story isn't true.  From conducted research, no hospitals in Gauteng province have a record of decuplets being born, states the provincial government.

Conducted Medical tests further  show that Ms Sithole had not even been pregnant recently, it said.

“The 37-year-old is now being held under the mental health act for observation and will be provided with support.”

The statement did not elaborate on the reasons behind the fabrication of the story.

Independent Online (IOL), the media group which owns the Pretoria News that first reported the story, had stood by its reporting.It went on to allege that Ms Sithole delivered the children on 7 June at Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) in the capital, Pretoria, saying staff were ill prepared.

"These allegations are false, unsubstantiated and only serve to tarnish the good reputation of Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the Gauteng Provincial Government," the latest statement said.

Legal action would be taken against the editor-in-chief of Pretoria News, Piet Rampedi, and IOL, it said.