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The Tembisa 10

Did a South African woman living in Tembisa, Gauteng break the Guinness world record by having ten babies at once? That’s the question seemingly everyone is asking, after Pretoria News broke the story, showing a VERY pregnant Gosiame Thamara Sithole. Even the BBC is reporting the story.

Trouble is, government officials haven’t been able to confirm the birth, and the family isn’t showing the babies, citing health and cultural reasons. This hasn’t stopped social media from throwing the family a “national baby shower”, while the controversial media house behind the story, dubious businessman Iqbal Survé’s Independent Media, furiously denounced cynics. Still, we’ll believe it when we see the ten bouncing babies…

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 10 June 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates