UPDATE | Gauteng social development dept says mother of 'Tembisa 10' is not missing

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A missing person case has been opened for the mother of the 'Tembisa 10' decuplets. (Pierre Ogeron/Getty Images)
A missing person case has been opened for the mother of the 'Tembisa 10' decuplets. (Pierre Ogeron/Getty Images)
  • A missing person's case was opened for the mother of the "Tembisa 10on Thursday.
  • The Gauteng social development department said Gosiame Thamara Sithole subsequently contacted them and was not missing.
  • It said it would make an announcement in due course.

The Gauteng social development department says the mother of the "Tembisa 10" has contacted them after a missing person's case was opened.

"The Gauteng Department of Social Development wishes to confirm that the mother of the decuplets is not missing," it said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

"She has contacted the Gauteng Department of social Development and the department will make an announcement in due course. The provincial SAPS have been notified."

The department added it would not be taking interviews "until it is ready to do so". 

News24 earlier reported a missing person's case was filed at the Tembisa South police station on Thursday.

According to the report, Gosiame Thamara Sithole went missing on 6 June. 

TIMELINE | Tembisa 10: What we know about the Gauteng woman who reportedly gave birth to decuplets

It is alleged her water broke and she was last seen going to Esangweni clinic in Tembisa.

Gauteng police are yet to comment on the case. 

Earlier this week, the Pretoria News reported that Sithole, 37, gave birth to decuplets at an undisclosed Pretoria hospital.

Her pregnancy has been shrouded in secrecy.

Private and public health facilities in Gauteng said they have no record of the birth, the spokesperson in the Gauteng premier's office, Thabo Masebe, previously said.

Masebe on Friday evening referred queries to the social development department.

Authorities have been trying to trace the mother and her 10 babies all week.

At the Esangweni clinic, workers said they knew her only by sight and claimed she never attended antenatal classes. 

READ | Govt, private hospitals have no record of Tembisa 10, family insists babies were born

The clinic is the closest public healthcare facility to where Sithole lived.

Employees said: "She would often visit in the afternoon and sit outside. She would never come in for checkups. She'd say she is waiting for her husband to fetch her." 

They added the father, Teboho Tsotetsi, would often show up. 

Sithole was last seen at the clinic last week. 

News24 went to the Tsotetsi home for comment.

The family referred all comment to Pretoria News editor Piet Rampedi who broke the story earlier this week. He did not respond to News24's enquiries.

Tsotetsi's phone was also off.

News24 earlier reported his wife, Sibongile Gxekwa, 47, was devastated after hearing the news.

Gxekwa poured her heart out and said Tsotetsi started seeing Sithole behind her back in 2020.

"He has not told me anything about his new 10 children. He promised that we would talk about his new children upon his return from Cape Town on Wednesday.

"He has ordered me not to speak to the media about this matter. He has threatened to chase me away from our marital home," she said. 

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