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The Tembisa 10’s Gosiame Sithole. Image: IOL/Twitter

‘Tembisa 10’ Series: Introducing Sipho Mzolo and the ‘Tembisa three’

Episode 2 of Independent Media’s ‘Baby Trade’ docuseries states that before the ‘Tembisa 10’ there was the ‘Tembisa three’…

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The Tembisa 10’s Gosiame Sithole. Image: IOL/Twitter

After Independent Media released the first episode of its “Baby Trade” based on the Tembisa 10, the group released the second episode, titled The Tembisa Three – Sipho’s Story.

‘The Tembisa Three: Sipho’s Story’ – Episode 2

According to IOL, before the “Tembisa 10” (the decuplets allegedly born to Gosiame Sithole in June this year) there was the “Tembisa three” – triplets born to Maude Sithole and Sipho Mzolo, an author and businessman living in Tembisa.

It is said that Mzolo was Gosiame’s landlord back in 2018.

Sithole also made headlines after the “Tembisa 10” caused a media storm all over the world when it was claimed that Sithole broke the record for giving birth to decuplets earlier this year.

Many have since claimed that the birth of the 10 babies is fake news, but this is “far from the truth”, according to Iqbal Survé, the executive Chairman of Independent Media.

After investigating the case, the group announced that they will release various episodes to explore alleged human trafficking tied to the “Tembisa 10” and other similar cases.

Episode 2 subsequently explores Mzolo’s story of how he met Sithole, their romance, her pregnancy, and the birth of their triplets and what happened next.

In the episode, they also introduce someone they only refer to as: The Lynchpin…

Sithole decuplets ‘is just scratching the surface’

Since the airing of the first side, Independent Media claims that they have been approached by several other victims and affected persons “whose stories also deserve to be told”.

“I think we have only just scratched the surface of what is going on in this country and indeed the world,” said Viasen Soobramoney, editorial director of the docuseries.

The group also noted how the conversation on “trafficking is now being picked up in other media publications and applauds the efforts our colleagues are making to exposing these nefarious practices”.

Also Read: Tembisa 10: Here’s what we learnt from Independent Media’s investigation