An inquiry instituted by Independent News & Media in response to questions about the veracity of their reports about the “birth of decuplets” in Gauteng has found “two of the 10 babies died” while being delivered by their mother Gosiame Sithole.
This announcement was made by Independent executive chairperson Dr. Iqbal Survé, who presented the findings of the report on Wednesday.
The inquiry was headed by human rights advocate Michael Donen SC.
“The story of the mother is a sad story. It is not the outcome we could have predicted. It’s not something we thought we would end up with,” said Survé.
According to Survé, eight of the babies survived and were admitted to the neonatal ICU department at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.
At the time, the hospital and the Gauteng health department denied decuplets were delivered there.
At the centre of the birth, Survé alleged on Wednesday, was a Nigerian doctor who used the pseudonym “Roberto”.
Survé said the media house would publish a series of videos to reveal more details on what happened to the mother and babies.-TimesLIVE
PASSPORT BACKLOG TO BE CLEARED BY YEAR-END, SAYS GOVT
THE Government expects to clear the passport backlog by year-end after issuing more than 200 000 travel documents since August last year.
From a backlog of 400 000 in the period under review, the deficit has been significantly reduced to the current 184 000.
Cabinet yesterday also reported smooth progress in the e-passport production project which is expected to significantly reduce the cost of passports and will be in compliance with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet had noted the progress on the revamping of the passport office.
“The nation will recall that during its ninth meeting, Cabinet approved a strategy by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to clear the country’s passport backlog that had accumulated to over 400 000 by August 2020.
“It is pleasing to note that the backlog has since been reduced to the current 184 000. It is anticipated that the backlog would have been cleared by the end of December 2021,” said Minister Mutsvangwa
The model crafted by the Government allows locals with free funds to apply and pay for passports in foreign currency as part of measures to improved the funding structure of the production cycle.
Last year a production mismatch was reported as the first production stage, which is booklet printing, could only yield 8 000 passports a day.
The personalisation stage — which is the second step in the production line had the capacity of 3 500 a day while the final stage, which is quality control, had a daily capacity of 2 000.