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SA’s ‘Decuplets Mom’ Demands Apology From Editors’ Forum

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A South African woman who claimed to have given birth to decuplets (10 babies) in June 2021, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, and her husband Teboho Tsotetsi have demanded an apology from the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) and its former general secretary Mahlatse Mahlase for alleged defamatory statements made against them.

In a statement, Sithole and Tsotetsi allege that SANEF defamed them by claiming that Sithole was never pregnant and have threatened to sue if an apology is not forthcoming.

Below is the full statement by Gosiame Sithole and Teboho Tsotetsi:

I would like to ask Mahlase and SANEF to apologise to me and my husband immediately for their false and defamatory statements.

I would like to start by informing South Africans that my husband (Teboho Tsoletsi) and I are now officially married since February.

He paid lobola to my family, and we have been staying together since I was released from the hospital late last year.

We are deeply shocked at the statement released by an organisation called SANEF. We don’t know this organisation, and they never contacted me and my husband.

They have made statements about us that are lies and untruthful. Previously, when I was held against my will at Tembisa Hospital, I was not aware that there was a SANEF official, Mrs Mahlatse Mahlase, who made the statement that the doctors had examined and found me not to have been pregnant.

This was not true. No one examined me when I was in the hospital. I have proof of my pregnancy, confirmed by the doctors who examined me, and I gave my information to a lot of journalists and investigators.

My husband and I are looking for our babies. We were told that they were taken from Steve Biko Academic Hospital to George Mukhari Hospital and that they were safe. When I was released from the hospital after giving birth, I was told I could go see them.

I have on numerous occasions asked Steve Biko Academic Hospital as to where they took our babies to.

I saw my babies on two occasions at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, and now I don’t know where they are.

We laid criminal charges last year (Cas no: 206/7/20211 against the CEO of Steve Biko Hospital and other doctors who were involved after they failed to tell me where our babies were.

We intend to lay further charges against the doctors and hospitals involved in my delivery, including Dr Kazeem Okanlomo.

I would like to ask Mahlase and SANEF to apologise to me and my husband immediately for their false and defamatory statements.

I am giving them until the end of business on Monday, 11 April 2022, to issue an unconditional apology to us.

If they don’t apologise, as poor as I am, I will instruct my lawyers Gardee Godrich Attorneys, to pursue the matter further.

Mahlase and SANEF are abusing and taking advantage of me because I am a poor black woman and have no means to fight them. They are treating me like I am a piece of dirt.

I will not take media inquiries on this matter. I have requested my attorney, Mr Godrich Gardee, to handle media inquiries on my behalf.

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VIDEO|| SA Police officer used live Ammunition after running out of rubber bullets and shot a child during riot

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The people of Musina, in the northern part of Limpopo, have been on an ongoing strike for a while now, protesting the shortage of water in the area. The law enforcement (police) were called in to manage the situation.

[VIDEO] Voices can be heard on the video saying the child has been shot at. According to the information we are receiving and the voice messages that have been making the rounds on WhatsApp, police have resorted to using live ammunition to stop riots.

A primary school pupil who is 13 years old was shot by police using live ammunition during a service delivery protest earlier today in Musina. A video making the rounds shows the young lady being transported to Musina Hospital for treatment.

It is still unknown if the child will make it or not and what actions will be taken against the officer who used live ammunition that injured the kid.

People were left devastated by what they had witnessed at the scene. What do you make of the police’s decision and what do you think should happen to him? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source:https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=795134445191653&id=113382736700164

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Celebrations in Mogadishu after presidential vote – Face of Malawi

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Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, who returned to power Sunday after a marathon vote, is a former academic and peace activist whose first term was marred by accusations of corruption and infighting.

President between 2012 and 2017, he then distinguished himself by his fierce criticism of outgoing head of state Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed – known as Farmajo – who defeated him five years ago.

He played a crucial role in the violent protests in Mogadishu as Farmajo sought to extend his term of office, which expires in February 2021, without agreement with regional leaders on holding new elections.

Born in 1955, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is the first Somali head of state to be re-elected for a second term, promising to transform the country, shaken by a long political crisis, into a “peaceful country at peace with the world.

He will have to face several major challenges: a historic drought – which could lead to famine – is raging in the country, which is also plagued by an insurgency of radical Islamists, the Shebab. The latter had attempted to assassinate Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during his first term.

He will also have to repair the damage done by months of political chaos and power struggles within the institutions.

Born in 1955 in Jalalaqsi, in the central region of Hiran, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is from the powerful Hawiye clan, which has a majority in the capital Mogadishu.

He entered politics in 2011, when he founded the Peace and Development Party. In his party’s manifesto, he stated his goal of “building a society free from the demons of clanism, fear and internal conflict.

At the time, no one was betting on his chances of becoming president. His victory a year later raised hopes that the Horn of Africa country would regain stability.

His government was the first to receive global recognition and billions of euros in international aid since the fall of the authoritarian Siad Barre regime in 1991.

But he has largely disappointed his supporters, who have denounced corruption and infighting, as with previous administrations.

In particular, there have been long-running disputes between President Mohamoud and two of the three prime ministers he appointed, who were eventually dismissed.

Two governors of the central bank also stepped down following allegations of corruption that surrounded his administration, which he denied.

The new president was educated at the Somali National University before the fall of dictator Siad Barre and holds a master’s degree in technical education from the University of Bhopal in India.

His resume includes work with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with whom he worked in his country in the early years of the collapse of the Somali state. He also co-founded the Somali Institute of Management and Administrative Development (SIMAD) in 1999.

Having won the support of the other anti-Farmajo candidates, he will now have to set about reunifying the country, observers say.

“The country is very polarized,” Samira Gaid, executive director of the Hiraal Institute specializing in security issues, told AFP ahead of Sunday’s poll. “This electoral process that has been so long offers a ‘reset’ button,” she added.

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