The Gauteng Provincial Government on Wednesday stated that “none of the hospitals in the province, public and private, have any records of a South African woman giving birth to 10 babies in their facilities.”
On Tuesday, news spread that 37 year old Gosiame Thamara Sithole from Gauteng province, had given birth to decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria on Monday night.
This necessitated Director-General Government Communication and Information System Phumla Williams, to issue a statement Wednesday stating indicating that the authorities were unable “to verify the authenticity of this birth at our facilities, we need to verify this story and provide assistance where needed.”
“Following report from the Independent media group about a Gauteng woman having given birth to decuplets on Monday, 07 June 2021, the Gauteng province government conducted a thorough check with all hospitals in the province to establish the veracity or otherwise of the report.
“None of the hospitals in the province, public and private have any records of such a delivery in their facilities,” the statement read.
Pretoria News on Tuesday reported that the woman’s husband Teboho Tsotetsi, said that Sithole, who hails from Tembisa Township in Ekurhuleni, delivered her seven boys and three girls by Caesarean section.
Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, previously said that her pregnancy was natural as she was not on fertility treatment.
Speaking to the Pretoria News Monday night, Tsotetsi said Sithole gave birth to their bundles of joy 29 weeks into her pregnancy.
“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,” Tsotetsi said.