The “Tembisa 10Decuplets born in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been sold for human trafficking, according to a shocking new investigation. Mother Gosiame Sithole made headlines in June, claiming she gave birth to decuplets, a world record, but questions were raised when no photos of the babies ever appeared. Now it looks like there could be a darker scandal behind the story.
Talk to a press conference Wednesday in Cape Town, South Africa, dr. Iqbal Survé, CEO of Independent Media, charged that the decoupages were sold for adoption and even body parts and witchcraft:
“What we discovered was really devastating. What we have discovered is that our State Hospitals are the epicenter of human trafficking and infant trafficking. We can unequivocally say this is happening at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Tembisa Academic Hospital, and George Mukhari Hospital, ”says Survé, chairman of one of Africa’s largest print and online media groups.
“We can unequivocally say that this involves home affairs, multiple IDs and records of patients who do not exist or disappear, babies who come in, mothers who give birth to twins who are told that one twin has died and then the other trades. Or many young, vulnerable black women have been told that their babies died during delivery and the babies are being traded.
“We could, at great risk to our journalists, dive deep into the syndicates and expose horrific stories about how these babies are traded. From Gauteng (formerly Johannesburg) to Mapumalanga (former Eastern Transvaal) through to West Africa and also to Europe and the United States. About 50% of the babies are given up for adoption, the other 50% are used for Muti (witchcraft) or cosmetic surgery. It was a very dangerous investigation. “
The mother of decuplets Gosiame Sithole has been promised the full cost of a private hospital delivery if she agrees to put her ten babies up for adoption, Survé said. “We know all the doctors involved.”
Independent Media will publish a 10-part video series documenting all the culprits involved, Survé said.
In South Africa’s Muti religion, the consumption of body parts, especially of living victims, apparently involves powerful magic. Up to 300 people are sacrificed annually in South Africa so that their body parts can be used in traditional Muti medicine. ABC Australia Documentary found in 2005. Most of these are young children who have been tortured to death.
“It is done while she is still alive, because the more she screams, the more powerful the Muti will be,” explains crime expert Kobus Jonker in the ABC documentary, pointing to the photo of a mutilated six-year-old girl. Jonker was the first South African to admit Muti murders and set up a special police unit in 2005 to deal with them, but Muti murders are notoriously difficult to prosecute.