‘Dad’ of record-breaking 10 babies fears pregnancy was a HOAX

THE MUM of a record-breaking 10 babies says that she refuses to say where the babies are after the 'dad's' family claimed the pregnancy was a HOAX.

Dad Tebogo Tsotetsi, claims he has still not met his children a week after their birth but mother, Gosiame Sithole, has now hit back saying that her partner wanted to use the babies for financial gain and has vowed to keep them hidden until she feels the time is right.

Tsotetsi said that his girlfriend went missing after the birth. He says that the last time he saw her was was on June 7, just before she went into labour and was rushed to hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Pretoria News reports.

It was there where she allegedly gave birth to seven boys and three girls, after 29 weeks of pregnancy, despite no official evidence of their deliveries.

At the time, the delighted father said: "She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much."

Tsotetsi could only communicate with his partner via Whatsapp and was quickly informed that he could not visit due to Covidrestrictions.

In an message sent to her phone, he said: “I really needed to see you but my priority is our safety.”


However, in a fresh statement made on Tebego's behalf by his family on Tuesday,he confirmed that he had not seen his partner or the decuplets since the birth and that he had "concluded" that they don't exist.

It read: “He (Tebego) made several attempts to visit his girlfriend, but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of her babies."

“The family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole, until proven otherwise and wishes to apologise for any inconvenience and embarrassment.”

A missing person’s report has now been opened by the family as concern has grown over the legitimacy of the births.

Now, Gosiamo Sithole, speaking to a South African reporter at an undisclosed location, has said she was "blindsided" by the Tsotseti family statement despite allegedly being in touch with Tebogo on Tuesday.

She told Piet Rampedi that her partner’s family was the main reason she has been elusive since the alleged birth of the decuplets.

Sithole called the Tsotetsi's “bitter” and claimed they wanted to user her and the children to make money and insists that she will not disclose the whereabouts of the children until she is ready.

She added that said she was hurt by the family statement and hinted that her relationship with the Tsotsetsi family was always fraught.

“I feel that they never loved me and I was forcing myself on them,” she said.

She also took offence to the family’s suggestion that she did not give birth, saying that the Tsotetsi’s were not sure about what they were talking about.

Tebogo has said that he hasn't the children in real life and relied on Sithole for information about the babies. He claims several attempts to visit, both, her and the babies were foiled because Sithole’s whereabouts are unknown.

According to Piet Rampedi, the statement left some "wriggle room" to backtrack if the babies are indeed real.

She also didn't confirm the birth of ten children, only referring to them as her "babies."

It also urged people to stop donating money to both of them. 

The birth had already been met with suspicions following the claims thatthe mother had set a new world record for the largest ever birth.

The mum who also has six-year-old twins, had previously told reporters that her pregnancy was natural as she was not on fertility treatment.

During an interview at their family home in Tembisa last month she said she was "shocked and fascinated" by the pregnancy.

She said she was in disbelief when the doctors told her she was expecting sextuplets – meaning six babies – before further scans revealed that it was in fact octuplets or eight babies.

"I didn’t believe it, I doubted it, I was convinced that if it was more, it would be twins or triplets, not more than that.

"When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it, even when I saw the scans I didn't believe it.

When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it, even when I saw the scans I didn't believe it.

"But, as time went by, I realised it was indeed true. I battled to sleep at night though," she said.

The 37-year-old mum said that she was worried about her babies' well-being but she was over the moon and looking forward to meeting her children.

"How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?

"What if they came out conjoined at the head, in the stomachs or hands? Like, what would happen?

"I asked myself all these questions until the doctor assured me that my womb was starting to expand inside.

"God made a miracle and my children stayed in the womb without any complications."

I can’t wait to have them in my arms.

Her husband had added that despite the initial shock, he was very happy and looking forward to seeing his children.

"I could not believe it. I felt like one of God’s chosen children.

"I felt blessed to be given these kinds of blessings when many people out there need children.

"It’s a miracle which I appreciate. I had to go do my own research on whether a person could really conceive eight children.

"It was a new thing. I knew about twins, triplets and even quadruplets.

"But after I found out that these things do happen, and saw my wife’s medical records, I got even more excited.

"I can’t wait to have them in my arms," he said.


Professor Dini Mawela, of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, said the case was rare and usually caused by fertility treatments before adding that the babies will spend the next few months in the incubator.

"It’s quite a unique situation. I don’t know how often it happens. It’s extremely high risk (pregnancy).

"It’s a highly complex and high-risk situation. The danger is that, because there is not enough space in the womb for the children, the tendency is that they will be small.

"What would happen is that they would take them out pre-term because there is a risk if they keep them longer in there.

"The babies will come out small, chances of survival compromised. But all this depends on how long she carried them for."

Gosiame broke the world's record after last month, another mum gave birth to nine babies in Morocco.

Halima Cisse, 25, gave birth to five girls and four boys, even though she was expecting seven babies after medics missed two tots on the ultrasound.

According to local press reports, doctors had been concerned about Cisse's health, as well as her babies' chances of survival but all nine babies were repo doing well.

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