Gosiame Thamara Sithole
Gosiame Thamara Sithole is a South African woman who is the Guinness World Record holder for the most children delivered at a single birth after giving birth to 10 babies. The Guinness World Record was previously held by Malian national Halima Cisse who gave birth to nine children in Morocco.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole gave birth to decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria on 7 June 2021. She gave birth via C-section at 29 weeks (seven months and seven days). Sithole was not on any kind of fertility treatment.
When she gave birth to the decuplets, Gosiame Thamara Sithole was 37.
Sithole is married. Her husband is Teboho Tsotetsi. He is from Tembisa in Ekurhuleni.
There were reports that Teboho Tsotetsi is married to another woman and was unhappy about hearing from his girlfriend he had decuplets on the way. A family member who spoke anonymously to a publication alleged that Tsotsetsi mistreated Sithole while she was pregnant and berated her for not using contraceptives.
The source said a number of people who know Sithole were worried about Tsotsetsi’s intentions as he was not even present for the birth of his children. At the time the 10 babies were born, Tsotestsi is said to have been in Cape Town to meet businessman Iqbal Surve to receive a donation.
National Baby Shower
Former politician Lindiwe Mazibuko called for a National Baby Shower to support Gosiame Thamara Sithole's decuplets. However Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina and head of government communications Phumla Williams said no hospital confirmed delivering the babies. Mzwandile Masina later shared a statement from members of the Tsotestsi family confirming the decuplets’ birth.
According to The Daily Voice, Iqbal Surve donated R1 million to the father of the decuplets, Tsotetsi. Surve is the executive chairperson of Independent Media, which owns both the Pretoria News and Daily Voice, the publications that broke the news about the babies.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole works as a retail store manager.
- Kaunda Selisho, What we know about the SA mother who gave birth to 10 babies, The Citizen, Published: June 8, 2021, Retrieved: June 8, 2021
- Kaunda Selisho, Decuplets mother shunned by family, ‘may have been an affair’, The Citizen, Published: June 10, 2021, Retrieved: June 10, 2021
- SAfmRadio Radio, Twitter, Published: June 8, 2021, Retrieved: June 8, 2021