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Thembisa 10, Journalistic error –Department of Health.

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The Health Department responded to claims that they tried to cover up the birth of 10 babies who were allegedly born at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Two weeks back, IOL reported on the miraculous delivery of 10 babies by 37-year-old Gosiame Sithole. It was reported that the woman gave birth to seven boys and three girls at a Pretoria hospital.

However the provincial government denied the claims that the babies were born in Gauteng.

The family of the father also distanced themselves from the miraculous birth last week, stating that they also had not seen the babies.

The health department said they have taken the allegations about the ‘cover-up’ very seriously.

In a statement by the department: “The results of our preliminary investigation once again confirmed that there were no decuplets in the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, as well that there was no way that Tshwane District Hospital, that is not even capacitated to deliver twins can deliver 10 babies”.

The national department health spokesperson Popo Maja said the alleged “cover-up” by health authorities seems to be a journalistic error.

“It cannot be that 10 or 8 babies are born and that no evidence of their whereabouts or existence can be established,” added Maja.

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