Social media users have reacted to a report of a Pretoria woman who allegedly gave birth to 10 children, offering to throw a “national baby shower”.
The Pretoria News reported on Tuesday that Gosiame Thamara Sithole gave birth to the children at an unnamed Pretoria hospital, breaking a world record.
The publication claimed it interviewed the couple at their Tembisa home last month, but delayed publishing the interview “at the request of the couple for safety and cultural reasons”.
“It is seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please,” the woman’s husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, was quoted as saying.
However the director-general of government communications Phumla Williams said government could not verify the report
“The posts attribute the birth of the babies to Gosiame Thamara Sithole from Gauteng. Government has been unable to verify the authenticity of this birth at our facilities. We need to verify this story and provide assistance where needed,” said Williams.
Social media was in a celebratory mood and flooded Twitter with ideas for a “national baby shower” to provide support for the couple.
After Lucky Star offered the couple a year’s supply of pilchards, social media users called on other brands to also help.
A whole school of nunu’s!☺️
Congratulations x10 ausi Gosiame & bhut Tebogo! We’ll make sure all of your bundles of joy are well nourished by #ThetasteOfHome.
— Lucky Star (@LuckyStarSA) June 8, 2021
We need a #NationalBabyShower 👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽
— Lindiwe Mazibuko (@LindiMazibuko) June 8, 2021
— Th3_Uñkw0ñ😜 (@Udlwadla_Vah) June 8, 2021
— Nina Sedumedi (@sheismadeinsa) June 9, 2021
Guys I've already organized spiderman. Somebody plug us with drinks lapho pic.twitter.com/QNkwNLdV4c
— YT: Sonwabile Mhlongo (@Snwapz1) June 8, 2021
— Zanele Mahatle (@OrangeJuiceZM) June 8, 2021
Yo Moja Love👀 Please give that couple that just birthed 10 kids an ‘Outdaughtered’ equivalent? I’m genuinely interested and excited to see how they’ll navigate parenting ma 10s abona .🙇🏾♀️#NationalBabyShower
— nomkhosi_maseko (@nomkhosi_maseko) June 8, 2021
— Kedumetse Makape (@amogee) June 8, 2021