Update, 23 June 2021: No evidence has ever been produced for the existence of the decuplets and Piet Rampedi apologised on 22 June 2021 for how he reported the story.
The text below was a reflection of the Ekurhuleni mayor supposedly confirming their existence earlier this month, though that proved to be a falsity.
“Dear @mirriamp we’ve found the family and we are informed babies are well. Will share the information with National Gov, I know we were a joke ystday when Gov was genuinely looking for family. Some of our local comrades have been assisting this family. So we are good OK,” tweeted Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina.
Masina was responding to a tweet shared by Government Communications director-general Pumla Williams (@mirriamp) on Tuesday evening. In her tweet, she expressed concern about not being able to contact Gosiame Sithole or verify the births.
— phumla williams (@mirriamp) June 8, 2021
Masina’s confirmation has brought relief to many after Williams’ tweet fanned the flames of the doubt about the truth of the story.
According to Pretoria News, Gosiame Sithole, 37, gave birth to decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria on Monday night.
Sithole and her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, reportedly welcomed seven boys and three girls after initially believing they were expecting six to eight babies.
The publication further reported she had asked for time to adjust to motherhood before commenting publicly on her birth and delivery.
Brands and government departments came forward hoping to offer assistance to the family in the form of donations. However, they struggled to locate the family, the hospital where the babies were born and any records at the Department of Home Affairs confirming the birth.