Tembisa 10 Piet Rampedi

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

Tembisa 10: Gauteng govt takes legal action against Independent Media

Independent Media has claimed the Gauteng government in some way had a hand in the ‘disappearance’ of the Tembisa 10 babies

Tembisa 10 Piet Rampedi

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

Just hours after Independent Media made more explosive allegations pertaining to the 10 Tembisa babies, the Gauteng government has announced it is pursuing legal action against the company over the scandal.

The newspaper group held a media briefing on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, in which it maintained that Gosiame Sithole did give birth to the children, who were famously dubbed the Tembisa 10 by the media (because they were supposedly born at Tembisa Hospital)

Here’s a reminder of what got us here: In June, Pretoria News editor Piet Rampedi broke the story of how the Tembisa 10 were born at an undisclosed Pretoria hospital. He had done an interview with Sithole and the father of the decuplets, Tebogo Tsotetsi. Not too long afterwards, Gauteng authorities said they were unable to verify the births, prompting questions as to whether they even exist. The provincial government had also said there are no records of Sithole giving birth at any private or public hospital – and Tsotetsi himself has admitted that he has never even seen the decuplets.

Now Independent Media claims the Tembisa 10 was trafficked and will be publishing a documentary series which would explain the saga.

Gauteng government maintains Tembisa 10 ‘don’t exist’

After Independent Media fingered the Gauteng government as having had a hand in the disappearance of the Tembisa 10, spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga says they cannot just stand by while the company levels serious allegations against nurses, doctors, hospital management and health officials.

“These are women and men of integrity who are working selflessly and honestly every day to save lives and at times even risking their own lives. Government is duty bound to protect the integrity of all government officials as well as that of public institutions,” Mhaga said.

The provincial government has instructed the State Attorney to institute legal action against the Independent Media group. A senior counsel has been briefed and court papers will be served on the Independent Media in due course.

Vuyo Mhaga, Gauteng government spokesperson