‘It’s important that we immediately suspend the CEOs of these hospitals. The MEC of Health in Gauteng should resign and at the very least she should step aside. Government should appoint an independent inquiry into baby trafficking and human trafficking.’

Iqbal Survé at six minutes and three seconds of this interview with SABC’s Francis Herd on 27 October 2021.

‘A year later and I stand in awe looking at my team. They matured, they are skilled but the thing that brings tears to my eyes is when they pray for their patients. Encouraging them to fight. We became the patients’ families … Holding their hands if they die, no one must die alone.’

In Our Own Words: Nurses on the Front Line Jonathan Ball July 2022

Covid-19 affected more than a million South Africans and more than a hundred thousand citizens succumbed to the disease.

When the ramifications of the pandemic became known, our nurses faced a choice.

Resign and find another source of income or stay and face the very real possibility of becoming Covid-19 victims themselves.

The vast majority stayed and In Our Own Words – Nurses on the front line recently published by Jonathan Ball provides 28 personal accounts of what the nursing profession has experienced in the past two years.

As Thuli Madonsela writes in a front cover inscription: ‘These beautifully told stories of saving lives, facing death and fear – and of stubborn hope – are a reminder of the value of nursing to society.’

Yet, on 27 October last year, Dr Iqbal Survé held a media conference at which he told a very different story.

In an alert prior to the media conference, he made it known that he would provide ‘explosive evidence’ to support the Tembisa Ten claims by the editor of the Pretoria News, Piet Rampedi.

Here’s a timeline of the Sekunjalo investigation into Piet Rampedi’s claims about Gosiame Sithole’s alleged decuplet births:

  • On 8 June Piet Rampedi’s article claiming Gosiame Sithole – who is 48 years old – has given birth to ten babies is published;
  • On 23 June, after Gosiame Sithole was admitted to Tembisa Hospital for observation, the Gauteng government issues a statement saying that an examination of her revealed that she had not been pregnant and had not given birth ‘in recent times’.
  • On 28 June last year, Iqbal Survé announced that ‘seasoned’ investigative reporter, Sizwe Dlamini, had been assigned the task of unravelling the Tembisa Ten mystery;
  • On 16 July last year, it was announced that Advocate Michael Donen had been appointed to assist the external investigation;
  • On 28 October last year, Iqbal Survé announced the ‘Baby Trade’ docuseries to be produced by Viasen Soobramoney.
  • Questioned by News 24 on the claim that Gosiame Sithole had had ten babies in an ectopic pregnancy, Dr Chantal Stewart, head of foetal medicine at the University of Cape Town, said: ‘It is possible to have a baby in the womb, and the tubes it is very, very rare. I suppose it’s possible to have an ectopic pregnancy and multiple pregnancy. I have never seen it or read it in journals.’
  • Dr Johannes van Waart, a fertility specialist, was asked by Cape Talk about the likelihood of a 48-year-old woman who had not been on fertility treatment giving birth to decuplets and he said: To have ten babies naturally…I think is extremely unlikely and I would say is probably impossible without any kind of fertility treatment.

On the evening of 28 October last year Iqbal Survé was questioned by the SABC’s Francis Herd about claims he had made earlier in the day. At the media conference in Cape Town that afternoon, Survé had claimed that state-supported baby murder for profit was occurring in Gauteng’s maternity hospitals. He claimed that all Gauteng hospital staff were complicit in the activities of a barbaric criminal syndicate which was abducting and subsequently murdering hundreds of babies to produce ‘muti’ and ‘stem cell’, thereby generating multi-million rand profits.

  At six minutes and 29 seconds of the interview  with Herd, Iqbal Survé says:

‘This woman, Gosiame Sithole, is one of hundreds who are victims of this trafficking.’


Earlier in the day, at a media conference in Cape Town, Survé made the following claim which can be found at five minutes and 49 seconds of this YouTube clip:

‘About fifty percent of the babies are given up for adoption. The other fifty percent are used for muti, cosmetic surgery and stemcell’.

To profitably produce ‘muti’ and ‘stemcell’ from abducted newly-born infants you have, obviously, got to murder them and murder them in sufficient numbers to make the risk viable.

No response

If Survé’s claims about abducted babies being turned into ‘muti’ and ‘stemcell’ are true, ask yourself the obvious question – why has there been no response from Julius Malema and the EFF?

In September 2020, the EFF trashed more than 400 Clicks stores throughout the country after the publication of a hair advertisement which they considered derogatory of black women.

They were ordered to do so by Julius Malema.

‘@Clicks_SA see you tomorrow. Fellow fighters and ground forces; ATTACK.’

So why has the EFF not responded to Iqbal Survé’s claims of hundreds of babies   – the majority of whom would be black – being abducted and murdered to make ‘muti’ and ‘stemcell’?

The EFF has not responded to these claims because, I believe, they are pure fantasy by someone whose fantasies are a matter of repeated public record.

The police have not responded to Survé’s claims because there have been no complainants and he has not laid a charge.

No complainants – this despite the availability of a 24-hour SAPS ‘Crime Stop’ anonymous hotline. 

No charges laid

No charges laid – not one.

A century ago, what Iqbal Survé now claims is pervasive in Gauteng’s maternity hospitals was called ‘Baby Farming’.

If he now has proof of these abductions and can identify those responsible for them, then surely it is incumbent on him as a qualified doctor to share his evidence with the police and lay the requisite charges accordingly? He has not done so.

When asked at his media conference in October last year for proof of his baby murder claims, Survé said all would be revealed in an eight-part series of mini-documentaries directed by Viasen Soobramoney and headlined ‘Baby Trade – Tracking the Truth’.

They would, he said, be posted ‘over the next twelve weeks’.

In other words, eight episodes by the end of January this year

Ten months later, only seven videos have been posted and you can view them here.

What is striking about the entire series is that every episode relates to Gosiame Sithole – whose decuplets claims are disputed – see here and and here and here and here and here and here and here.

In other words, aside from Gosiame Sithole, the director, Viasen Soobramoney, was unable to interview a single bereaved mother, an alleged victim of the baby abductors and murderers, let alone the hundreds which Iqbal Survé says have occurred with the alleged connivance of Gauteng hospital management.

That’s because there are no bereaved mothers who are victims of a murderous Gauteng hospital crime syndicate – as the EFF’s indifference indicates.

What is striking is that, in the ‘Baby Trade’ investigation spanning a year and involving three people, we have not been shown a single example of the ‘stemcell’ and muti’ products or cosmetics – not a phial, not a pill, not a jar, not a bottle, not a tube, not an aerosol spray – made from the body parts of abducted and murdered babies. To have generated a multi-million rand intercontinental trade – as Survé avers – these evil products must be freely available. However, despite a year-long investigation by the team Survé appointed, we have yet to see these products because they do not exist.

That’s because the claimed abductions, which would have facilitated the manufacture of these evil products, have never occurred – as the EFF indifference indicates.

That indifference is most manifest in its leader, Julius Malema.

Security camera footage

What is also striking about the ‘Baby Trade’ investigation is that we have not been shown a single video frame of a baby abduction in any one of three dozen maternity hospitals in Gauteng. This despite the fact that all these hospitals have security cameras at the hospital entrance and in individual departments.

That’s also because the claimed abductions, which would have facilitated the manufacture of these evil products, have never occurred – as the EFF indifference indicates.

What is also striking is that not a single Gauteng hospital employee has come forward as a person of conscience to bear witness to Survé’s claims of mass baby abductions, and there has not been a leak of any CCTV camera footage of the abductors. That’s because there have been no abductions – as the EFF indifference indicates.

In its 2021 report, Human Rights Watch makes specific mention of Children’s Rights in South Africa, yet  this report contains no reference to the multitudinous neonate abductions to sustain a murderous global trade in ‘muti’ and ‘stem cell’ products which Survé made the subject of his media conference in October last year. That’s because no mass abduction of babies in Gauteng maternity hospitals has occurred – as EFF indifference to Iqbal Survé’s phantasmagorical claims indicates. Their indifference is understandable, not even Stephen King or Deen Koontz could make this plot believable. If, however, you can conjure up a reporter like Jamie Roz – see here and here – than I suppose anything is possible.

The BBC, which has reporters stationed here, simply agreed with Survé’s ombudsman panel  which found that the story was a hoax – see here and here – and moved on.

Human trafficking

At six minutes and three seconds of the interview with Francis Herd, Survé says:

It’s important that we immediately suspend the CEOs of these hospitals. The MEC of Health in Gauteng should resign and at the very least she should step aside. Government should appoint an independent inquiry into baby trafficking and human trafficking.

So why has Julius Malema not escalated these claims to Parliament and echoed Survé’s call for the suspension of senior medical staff in Gauteng?

It’s because there is no baby traffic syndicate abducting hundreds of babies from Gauteng hospitals – mysteriously without being captured on CCTV cameras – babies that are scheduled to be murdered and turned into ‘muti’ and ‘stemcell’.

So, why has this bizarre and unprecedented chapter in our media history occurred?

To answer that question, I believe, you have to go back to the undeniable statement of fact in an article by Ferial Haffajee in Daily Maverick, headlined ‘Iqbal Survé’s campaign of lies’:

There is little left in Survé’s Sekunjalo Independent Media by way of content. Day after day, both the front pages of his titles and the business title Business Report are weaponised to fight his battles.

After former AYO executive Siphiwe Nodwele told the Mpati commission that Survé dictates the contents of his newspapers, he denied the claim saying he did not take sides.

The claim by Survé that he does not take sides and that his editors enjoy autonomy is devoid of truth and the way Cyril Ramaphosa and Pravin Gordhan are attacked in his newspapers is proof of that.

Leading the charge are Piet Rampedi and Mzilikazi  wa Afrika, both implicated in the defenestration of SARS, a key component of the state capture project.

In this context, Survé cannot afford to lose Rampedi, which is why he ignored the call by the head of his Group Ombud department, Yogas Nair, for Rampedi to be sanctioned for his  ‘Guinness Book of Records’ decuplets fund-raising article.

In June last year, Sekunjalo and Survé Philanthropies accused the government of a ‘cover-up of mammoth proportions’. Nine months later the International News Media Association (INMA) removed the shortlisting of the Tembisa 10 report by the Pretoria News from the finalists’ list in its Global Media Awards competition.

In the end, Sekunjalo achieved its smoke and mirrors objective – Piet ‘Mr Putin’ Rampedi is still editor of the Pretoria News and the attacks on the reformist faction of the ANC have increased exponentially.

The fact, however, that the Pretoria News sells less than 2000 copies a day in a city which is home to more than two and a half million people indicates that it is not just EFF members in that city who disbelieve the baby murder for ‘muti’ claims.

Sekunjalo Independent Media is the biggest English newspaper company in this country and, as such, has substantial reach.

Survé’s attempts to smear the health department in Gauteng as extraordinarily evil is offset by the heroism portrayed in the laudable book recently published by Jonathan Ball.

What should be noted is that smear tactics have been used by this company from the beginning of the Sekunjalo takeover.

In 2015 Iqbal Survé used the Sekunjalo Independent Media bully-pulpit to smear the University of Cape Town and its senior management as racists – with tragic consequences.

Survé’s proxy war against the University of Cape Town and its Vice Chancellor Dr Max Price saw the Cape Times carrying front page headlines such as ‘Arrest Max Price’.

During a speech Survé gave at UCT, he falsely accused the University of being a racist institution and promised the Fallists that they had the full support of himself and his newspapers.

Thus encouraged, the Fees Must Fall vandals physically attacked Max Price and turned against renowned cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi prompting his suicide.  Their rampage across the country’s campuses resulted in attempted murder and looting and arson. Reporters were assaulted and infrastructure damage  was caused which has cost hundreds of millions of rands to repair. Bizarre theories were postulated which made South Africa an international laughing stock. The Fallist anarchy, fueled by ethnic hatred saw the memories of those who died in battle desecrated, and the studies of tens of thousands of students disrupted. Internationally, the Fallists caused South Africa significant reputational harm.

No other South African newspaper company has caused such damage.

In the meantime, we salute our nurses on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic and await the outcome of Sactwu’s forthcoming court application.

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Ed Herbst is an author and veteran journalist.