Thembisa 10: Nigeria’s mission, doctors in S/Africa condemn ‘ploy’ to defame Nigeria


The Nigerian Mission in South Africa and the Nigerian Doctors Dialogue board South Africa (NDF-SA) private condemned makes an are trying allegedly by the Honest Media Neighborhood (IMG) in South Africa, to “scoot the reputation of Nigerian doctors into the mud over the controversial South African decuplets (10 infants born at the the same start).”

A press release issued on Sunday, to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, by Abdul Malik Ahmed, Nigeria Consul Basic in Johannesburg, South Africa, acknowledged their response followed a media conference by the IMG on October 27, 2021, pointedly making an attempt to tug Nigeria’s name into the mud.

Mr Ahmed, within the assertion, acknowledged: “the honor of the Consul Basic and NDF-SA became as soon as drawn to IMG’s conference led by Dr Igbal Surve, in appreciate to the Gauteng decuplets melodrama”.

“At the aforementioned media conference, the IMG attempted in ineffective to smear the reputation of Nigerian doctors in South Africa and by extension the Nigerian neighborhood within the nation.

“IMG alleged that a obvious unnamed Nigerian doctor handled the alleged subject of the docuplets, insinuating that the disappearance of the infants is inclined to be as a end result of the purported involvement of the unnamed doctor.

“It’s miles apparent that the handlers of the alleged mother of the decuplets and her husband might perhaps well no longer private handed-over the care of the girl, to a obvious faceless or unknown Nigerian doctor, whose title or space of clinical note they did no longer know.

“We, as a end result of this fact, condemn in very solid terms this malicious and unsubstantiated are trying at smearing the name of Nigeria doctors and dragging their laborious earned reputation into the mud, to feed into prevailing stereotypes in opposition to the Nigerian neighborhood normally.”

He defined that the allegation became as soon as unfaithful since the handlers failed to clutch into cognisance the identity of the doctor that they engaged with.

Mr Ahmed maintained that it became as soon as irresponsible for the IMG to private violated the basic tenets of journalism, by going to press without overall information, however counting on falsehood, disinformation and defamation.

“It’s miles noteworthy that lot of completely trained and hardworking Nigerian doctors are contributing to the South African healthcare sector and financial system normally. We clutch the chance to blueprint the honor of the authorities, the world neighborhood to Nigerian voters who are South Africa residents.

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“As properly as, the media that the disclosure by IMG, on the unknown Nigerian doctor, might perhaps well as properly be a crimson herring focused at instigating dislike, stigma and xenophobic attacks in opposition to the Nigeria neighborhood.

“IMG is hereby challenged to name the Nigerian doctor enthusiastic, in seven days from Oct. 31, 2021 or withdraw with paunchy apologies, its malicious and unsubstantiated allegations and defamation in opposition to NDF-SA or face correct circulate. Against the law in opposition to one is crime in opposition to all,” he acknowledged.

The envoy acknowledged the subject, under reference, enthusiastic Nigeria, urging americans to overlook the antics of authorities and quite heaps of agencies saddled with the responsibility of unravelling the decuplets’ debacle.


NAN recalled that on 8 June 2021, the media, particularly in South Africa, became as soon as awash with reviews of the start of 10 infants, comprising seven boys and three ladies, to 37-yr-frail Gosiame Thamara Sithole, a South Africa lady living in Thembisa, a township in South Africa’s Gauteng province.

With her 10 infants, Sithole became as soon as touted as having overtaken the present Guinness Book of Data’ holder, Halima Cisse, 25, of Mali who had delivered nine infants, reportedly at a clinic in Morocco.

The purported start by Sithole had since then generated controversies, along with the undeniable fact that the infants might perhaps well no longer be stumbled on, the clinical institution she delivered became as soon as unknown and an inquiry by the South African authorities asserting that the legend of the ”Thembisa 10” became as soon as fraudulent.

A twist within the story, on the other hand, got right here up at the October 27 media conference by the IMG, the organisation that first ran the legend, asserting in an internal file that the infants enact exist, however that “the infants were misplaced by the hands of a Nigerian doctor who became as soon as aiding the mother at the clinical institution”, basically based totally on Iqbal Surve, chairman of the IMG. (NAN)

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