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The husband of a South African lady who claimed to have given birth to ten children has gone to court to seek that she be released from a mental health facility.
Local government officials in Pretoria, South Africa, allege that Moliehi Maria Sithole, better known as Gosiame Thamara, did not give birth to ten children and may not have been pregnant when the news about her breaking a record for having decuplets went viral.
According to a local government report, the woman had never been pregnant.
The report also stated that the woman previously claimed to have given birth to triplets which was also not confirmed.
According to her and her husband Teboho Tsotetsi, she is currently held against her will at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital under an order from the Gauteng Department of Social Development.
The legal papers filed by Refiloe Mokoena, of Refilwe Mokoena Attorneys, said she was being held illegally after being arrested by the police without a court order or any criminal case against her at all.
The woman’s lawyer has accused government officials of a gross violation of her rights to freedom of movement and liberty.
He said she also had the right to refuse medical treatment, adding: “I’ve been refused permission to speak to her by police who said they were acting under orders from the Department of Social Development.”