Gosiame Thamara Sithole who gave birth to 10 children and her husband Tebogo Tsotetsi, from Tembisa Township in Ekurhuleni. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)
Gosiame Thamara Sithole who gave birth to 10 children and her husband Tebogo Tsotetsi, from Tembisa Township in Ekurhuleni. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)


A South African woman has given birth to 10 babies, breaking the Guinness World Record held by Malian Halima CissƩ who gave birth to nine children in Morocco last month.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, gave birth to her decuplets – two more than doctors had earlier detected during the medical scans – at a hospital in Pretoria last night, said her husband Teboho Tsotetsi.

He said Sithole, who hails from Tembisa Township in Ekurhuleni, delivered her seven boys and three girls by Caesarean section.

Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, previously told the Pretoria News that her pregnancy was natural as she was not on fertility treatment.


Speaking to the Pretoria News last night, Tsotetsi said Sithole gave birth to their bundles of joy 29 weeks into her pregnancy.



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When verified, Sithole will have broken a world record in the process, by giving birth to the highest number of babies in one go. The accolade was only set to last month when a Malian woman delivered nine children. But her nonuplets, receiving treatment and care in Morocco, look like they have been upstaged by a 37-year-old from Tembisa.



A South African couple claim to have given birth to ten children overnight, a month after a Malian woman gave birth to nine in a hospital in Morocco
A South African couple claim to have given birth to ten children overnight, a month after a Malian woman gave birth to nine in a hospital in Morocco



We are expecting a formal statement to be released at some point on Tuesday afternoon.

The father has told the press that there are seven boys and three girls in the brood. As reported by Pretoria News, the children will now spend the next few months in the incubator because it was a “high risk” pregnancy. Official records have this down as the first EVER case of decuplets, following three previously reported ‘nonuplet’ deliveries.

“It’s 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,” Tsotetsi said.



In an interview at their family home in Tembisa last month and the publication of which was delayed at the request of the couple for safety and cultural reasons, Sithole said she was shocked and fascinated by the pregnancy.

She said she had been in a state of disbelief when the doctors told her earlier this year that she was expecting six children (sextuplets) before further scans showed that it was in fact octuplets.

Two others could not be detected initially because they were inside the wrong tube, Sithole said.

“I am shocked by my pregnancy. It was tough at the beginning. I was sick. It was hard for me. It’s still tough but I am used to it now. I don’t feel the pain anymore, but it’s still a bit tough. I just pray for God to help me deliver all my children in a healthy condition, and for me and my children to come out alive. I would be pleased about it,” Sithole said.