Entitled Baby Trade – Tracking the Truth, the mini-documentary is an eight-part short-form digital series released by Independent Media following allegations that the #Tembisa10 story is linked to human trafficking.
Independent Media claims that Gosiame Sithole gave birth to ten babies “sometime in the night of the 7th of June 2021 at a hospital in Gauteng, South Africa.”
What began as a Guinness World breaking celebration ended in what has been described as “a cover-up of mammoth proportions.”
A press conference held in October in Cape Town was set to reveal “explosive findings.” It was during this conference that the media house made claims related to human trafficking and said that all would be explained in this digital series.
“Without doing any investigation to prove otherwise, the South African media immediately castigated Independent Media and Piet Rampedi, editor of Pretoria News who broke the news,” Independent Media says.
Months later, episode one has been released.
“Standing by its editor who had an unshakable faith in the truth of his story, Independent Media launched several subsequent investigations including external investigators and a formal inquiry into the journalistic procedure.
“These elicited the strong likelihood that Ms Sithole had been pregnant, and had in fact, given birth to multiple babies,” Independent Media adds.
All episodes of Baby Trade will be released during the 16 Days of Activism and are a “must watch”, says Independent Media.