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Rampedi and Independent Media accuse health dept of 'cover up' in decuplets saga

17 June 2021 1:56 PM
Tags:
Journalism
fake news
Piet Rampedi
independent media
media ethics
decuplets
Tembisa 10

Journalist Piet Rampedi and his employer still stand by the 'Tembisa 10' story despite a statement concluding that the 10 babies don't exist.
  • Journalist Piet Rampedi and his employer Independent Media still stand by the 'Tembisa 10' story
  • On Tuesday evening, the Tsotetsi family released a statement stating that the decuplets do not exist
  • However, Rampedi claims there is something more sinister at play

Just when we thought the 'Tembisa 10' story couldn't get any more bizarre, Independent Media and Piet Rampedi have now accused the Gauteng Health Department of a massive state cover-up.

The media house says it stands by its dubious reporting on the decuplets, despite a statement from the would-be paternal family on Tuesday night denying the existence of the 10 babies.

RELATED: No decuplet babies born says the alleged Tembisa dad in family statement

In the latest twist, Rampedi and Independent Media have accused the Gauteng Health Department of a campaign to cover up medical negligence that allegedly involved senior politicians and public servants in the province.

Last week, Rampedi reported that Gosiame Sithole had given birth to 10 babies at a private hospital in Pretoria on Monday night.

After making international headlines and receiving a stream of donations, Sithole's partner Teboho Tsotetsi later admitted that he had not seen the woman or the babies, and couldn't confirm their whereabouts.

The Tsotetsi family issued a statement on Tuesday evening concluding that the ten babies did not exist.

On Wednesday, Rampedi took to Twitter to defend himself against accusations of peddling fake news.

"South Africa, I am a credible and reliable journalist who has never lied to you. So is Independent Media", he tweeted.

"We are dealing with something bigger here, a grand conspiracy. A cover-up. Unprecedented stuff", he told his followers.

Earlier this week, the under-fire journalist claimed his "feel-good story" about the 10 babies had turned into a full investigation about the whereabouts of the babies.

RELATED: Huh?! Journo Piet Rampedi says story about 10 babies has turned into full probe

Meanwhile, the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) has slammed Rampedi and Independent Media for "reckless and irresponsible journalism".

Sanef says it's clear that all journalistic standards were abandoned with the handling of this story.

The forum has called on the management of Independent Media to urgently institute an independent inquiry, led by an expert in media ethics, to investigate how this story was investigated, reported, and responded to by Rampedi and his colleagues.




17 June 2021 1:56 PM
Tags:
Journalism
fake news
Piet Rampedi
independent media
media ethics
decuplets
Tembisa 10

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