- The family of the father of the so-called “Tembisa 10” says they do not believe that the man’s girlfriend gave birth to 10 children.
- A statement by Tebogo Tsotetsi’s family said the father had only ever heard about the 10 children from the mother and had not seen the kids.
- The saga has gained notoriety since media reports last week and has been met with skepticism.
The father of the so-called “Tembisa 10” has made a dramatic announcement, saying that he does not believe his girlfriend, Gosiame Sithole, had ever given birth to 10 babies.
A statement released by his family said he is yet to see the decuplets and had only ever relied on Sithole to inform him of their births.
There have been doubts over the legitimacy of the story, after the Pretoria News published a story last week claiming that a mother from Pretoria had broken a world record, having given birth to 10 children.
Government departments, hospitals, and social workers have all refuted the story in the past week. A missing person case was opened in connection with the mother’s whereabouts, News24 previously reported.
Tebogo Tsotetsi, the family’s statement said, on Tuesday that he met with members of his family to inform them of the latest in the ongoing saga.
The statement read: “He (Tsotetsi) made several attempts to visit his girlfriend and the babies but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of their babies.
“The current uncertainties and public discourse about the decuplets is of major concern to the family, especially in the absence of any proof of the decuplets existence other than telephonic and WhatsApp messages from the mother.
“The family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole until proven otherwise and wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and embarrassment.”