No record of 10 babies born in any Gauteng hospital, says provincial govt

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The Gauteng government said it had not found any confirmation of the birth of decuplets at both private and public hospitals across the province.
The Gauteng government said it had not found any confirmation of the birth of decuplets at both private and public hospitals across the province.
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  • The Gauteng government says there is no record of woman giving birth to 10 babies.
  • Private hospital groups have confirmed the births did not happen at their facilities.
  • A Tembisa woman reportedly gave birth to 10 children on Monday. 

The Gauteng government on Wednesday said it had not found any confirmation of the birth of decuplets at both private and public hospitals across the province.

The country has been gripped by the mystery of the so-called Tembisa 10 after the Pretoria News first reported about the births on Tuesday morning.

The paper reported that Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, had given birth to 10 children this week.

READ | Has a Gauteng woman given birth to 10 kids? Govt can't find verification

The spokesperson in the Gauteng premier's office, Thabo Masebe, said the administration had checked with private and public hospitals in the province, and they all reported no record of the woman and her babies.

Masebe added it would be hard to hide such a unique event.

"Since yesterday [Tuesday], we checked all public hospitals and none of them are aware of the [babies]. We also checked with all private hospitals, and none of them are aware of the woman and her babies. Maybe it happened in other provinces but definitely not Gauteng."

Shortly after speaking to News24, he released an official statement, saying: "The Gauteng provincial 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."

However, earlier on Wednesday, Gauteng social development department spokesperson Feziwe Ndwayana said Sithole and her babies were recuperating at a place of safety.

"Due to an agreement with the family and her doctor, the mother and her babies are in a place of safety," she added. 

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina also seemed to confirm the birth in a tweet.

Masina's spokesperson, Phakamile Mbengashe, said: "The family appointed a spokesperson who will be engaging with the media and public moving forward. We will allow them to update the public."

Family spokesperson Makgoshi Maponyane from Façade Estilo Branding did not answer calls or respond to text messages.

Maponyane is also co-ordinating donations for the family.

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