It’s been one week since the decuplets were allegedly born and there is still no sign of the babies nor the mother – who has also now been reported missing. IOL initially broke the “exclusive” story detailing the birth of 10 babies – seven boys and three girls via Caesarean section and natural birth.
The mother Gosiame Thamara Sithole (37) was said to be weak but recovering after her overwhelming pregnancy. It turns out the father Teboho Tsotetsi, is not actually her husband, but is in fact her lover. Tsotetsi is married to someone else. He has exclusively given interviews to Pretoria News journalist, Piet Rampedi.
The Gauteng Health Department further poked holes in the story when they released a statement saying they have looked far and wide, and no private nor public hospitals in Gauteng have any record of decuplets being born.
Due to the fact that they would need specialised doctors and neo-natal intensive care – it would be difficult to hide the birth of ten babies – even at the request of the family for privacy reasons.
In a further twist to the story, IOL has done an about turn – even after pledging R1-million in assistance to help care for the babies needs – and holding a press conference with the father in Cape Town to announce their full support.
A story released today says the father Tsotetsi has opened a missing person’s case, together with Sithole’s family, because they can’t seem to track the mother down. The story alleges that Sithole told him she had given birth to the babies on 7 June, and that she was weak, but he has never seen the decuplets nor does he know where she gave birth. The last time he claims to have seen her is the day before the babies were born.
Sithole communicated via WhatsApp messages only, and never in person – according to the story. She said he could not visit the babies because it went against COVID-19 regulations. First Sithole told him she was at Mediclinic Medforum Hospital and then she had been moved to lodge facilities at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
When he asked her for pictures of the babies, she sent him one image of a baby. The story on IOL details their WhatsApp conversations in screengrabs – but there are no details that prove she actually had 10 babies, neither is there medical proof of their existence.
Tsotetsi has asked funders to stop placing money into both his and Sithole’s account for the care of the babies until she is found with the 10 babies.
And there is no doubt this plot will thicken further… it’s just a matter of time.