Government to head to courts following accusations made by Independent Media over Tembisa babies

The Gauteng government said that it was now turning to the courts, refuting the allegations and claims made by Independent Media. The Gauteng premier’s spokesperson, Vuyo Mhaga, said that there was no evidence of any human trafficking. “We want to put it on record that the Gauteng government has taken legal action. The provincial government will not standby while serious allegations are made against nurses, doctors and healthcare management,” Mhaga said.

This is after the Independent Media chairperson Iqbal Survé  during a media briefing said they had launched an independent inquiry and deployed resources to uncover the truth.

He spoke about the alleged mother Gosiame Sithole: “We can say this unequivocally, we have done our homework. If we were expected to find that there were no babies and the mother never delivered, that was okay. But that’s not what we found, we found the opposite.”

Survé said the mother mentioned she went for numerous visits at various hospitals in Gauteng.

“She went about 40 times, I think it was, and we have the dates and times. There was Steve Biko Hospital, Sunninghill Hospital, Carstenhof Hospital and Noordwyk Hospital.”

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Mpho Pooe, who consulted and examined Sithole, said the mother recently underwent a caesarean section recently to have the babies.

Survé said something went wrong during the delivery: “She was transported to Tembisa Hospital and there were no incubators. They had found eight babies in her womb and two in her fallopian tubes. Two babies died upon delivery due to hospital negligence.”

The media house has accused government officials of not telling the truth. However, he gave no proof that the babies actually exist.

Government has said before that there was no record of the babies.


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