‘Talking baby’ now bouncing toddler

2015-10-07 06:00
BOTSHELO CHACHA (2) from Itireleng near Pampierstad who made news in 2013  that she was an early speaker. She is with her mother, Maria.
Boipelo Mere

BOTSHELO CHACHA (2) from Itireleng near Pampierstad who made news in 2013 that she was an early speaker. She is with her mother, Maria. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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BOTSHELO CHACHA from Itireleng near Pampierstad is now a bouncing toddler of two years and three months old.

She made news headlines in 2013 when it was claimed that she started to talk on the day that she was born.

The little girl seems to be leading a normal life, just like her peers, and holds a conversation of her age.

Botshelo shocked the world just over two years ago when the news broke that she was a talking baby.

Members of different media houses flocked to the baby’s home when the news became known.

But no one really got proof that it was indeed true.

That is after the family claimed that they had decided to go public with the hope of getting expert advice after keeping this a family secret for the first two months after Botshelo had been born.

During that time, the family gave Express an interview regarding the talking baby, and it was published on 9 October 2013, exactly two years ago in two days’ time.

That is when the mother of the child, Maria Chacha, said the first words from the one-day-old baby’s mouth was: “Eina mama” while she was crying.

Chacha was quoted in the previous edition, that on their arrival home, the baby (Botshelo) had told her how she hated certain nappies.

The mother also revealed earlier that the reason why the mobile clinic had paid her home visits was because she could not take the child to the clinic for her routine check-up in fear of Botshelo speaking in front of people.

The clinic refused to give comment on the statement given by Chacha that one of the nursing sisters had to be booked off sick, due to the shock of hearing the baby speaking during one of her routine check-ups.

A close family member also previously mentioned that Botshelo, who is her father’s 40th child, is from a long line of traditional healers on both her maternal and paternal family’s side and could thus be a special child.

Just like the father, the mother is also reported to have a long spell of refusal to practise her calling as a sangoma.

During a recent follow-up visit to the Chacha family by Express Northern Cape, Chacha still attested to her statement that Botshelo had been talking when she was a new-born baby.

The mother also said that people no longer streamed to their RDP house in Mashatareng and that neighbours were just observing the little girl’s growth from a distance.

“We were expecting her to be a different child, but she surprised us and behaves just like a normal child now.

“She has grown to be very shy and does not talk to any person.

You have to spend hours with her before she starts befriending or trusting you,” Chacha revealed.

“Several reporters and members of the public who came here, contacted us afterwards and complained that the pictures had vanished when they tried to print or distribute it.”

Efforts of getting a conversation with the little girl concerning the packet of sweets that Express Northern Cape brought her, just resulted in Botshelo laughing cheerfully while eating it happily.

She was running around, laughing as a normal child and sharing the sweets with her father and older sister.

Her biggest moment was when she was handed R10 to buy yoghurt. She looked at it with admiration and happily shouted to her mother: “Danone!” Just like a normal two-year-old

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