Independent Online, the media group which owns the Pretoria news, had accused the hospital of medical negligence after being ill-prepared for 10 children being born.
It claimed the authorities were covering up the story – an allegation the hospital and local health authorities dismissed as “false” and “unsubstantiated”.
Aspects of the story still remain murky, in particular how she appeared to be pregnant and if her partner Teboho Tsotetsi was aware of what was happening
The couple already have six-year-old twins and IOL said that they attended the same church as Rampedi, who interviewed the couple with Sithole looking heavily pregnant.
As soon as news emerged she was apparently pregnant with 10 children, donations began arriving, £50,000 from IOL chairman Iqbal Survé.
Their local mayor confirmed the births, prompting other media outlets to report the story but it has emerged he only had the family’s word as evidence.exposedThe couple seemed to fall out in the aftermath with Tsotetsi reporting her missing and asking people to stop donations a week later.