Tembisa 10 Piet Rampedi

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

Gauteng decuplets: Ekurhuleni Mayor claims he has ‘found’ the 10 babies

Where are the ‘Tembisa Ten’? A mom in Gauteng allegedly birthed decuplets on Monday night – and Mzwandile Masina says he has been in touch with the family.

Tembisa 10 Piet Rampedi

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

It’s the story that has gripped South Africa: A woman from Tembisa, Gauteng allegedly gave birth to TEN babies in one go this week, setting a world record in the process. However, attempts to verify the birth of the decuplets have been blunted in the past 24 hours or so – leading to scepticism from the government and several media commentators.

Government ‘struggling to find’ Gauteng decuplets

As Director-General of the GCIS, Phumla Williams would expect to be kept in the loop about such a major story. However, her department received no official communication about the mother of all births – initially reported by IOL.

Journalist fires back in ‘Tembisa Ten’ argument

Williams’ doubts were savaged by Piet Rampedi, however. The senior journalist has become part of the story himself, as his exclusive piece still remains shrouded in mystery. However, the writer is standing by his scoop, and actually delivered one hell of a punchy comeback in his online retort:

“Our law enforcement agencies can’t find and bring to book a single high profile corrupt/ thieving politician – despite what’s public knowledge. Does it mean they don’t exist because you can’t see and touch them? Your illogical reasoning and poverty of thought is sad…” | Piet Rampedi

Where are the Gauteng decuplets? ANC Mayor claims to have found them…

However, it now seems like progress is being made on establishing the status of these Gauteng decuplets. Following enquiries made by The South African, a breakthrough has emerged – through none other than Mzwandile Masina. The Mayor of Ekurhuleni Tweeted that his department has ‘found the family’ – and says the Tembisa Ten are ‘doing well.”

“Dear [Phumla Williams], we’ve found the family and we are informed the babies are well. We will share the information with National Gov – I know we were a joke yesterday when the Government was genuinely looking for family. Some of our local comrades have been assisting this family – so we are good, OK?”

Expect some flipping, expect some flopping…

There have also been calls made by family friends to local broadcasters, claiming that the decuplets story is completely legitimate. As was the case on Tuesday, we are still waiting on official confirmation from health officials – with cultural and traditional beliefs thought to be acting as a ‘stumbling block’, getting in the way of a potential public announcement.