Police officers apprehended Gosiame Thamara Sithole at a relative’s home in Rabie Ridge Township, near the city of Johannesburg, in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 17.
Her detention came after relatives of her ex-partner, Teboho Tsotetsi, reported her missing, and police then took her to a police station in the suburb of Chloorkop.
Police denied that she was arrested for a felony before handing her over to workers at the Gauteng Department of Social Development.
Social workers then took her to Tembisa hospital in the commune of the same name for a mental health check-up.
The 37-year-old had already made headlines after claiming to have given birth to tenfold at a hospital in the city of Pretoria on the night of June 7.
She went on to accuse her partner’s relatives of trying to appropriate public donations intended for newborns, despite their claims that tenfolds did not exist.
Since her detention, her lawyer, Refiloe Mokoena, has claimed that Sithole was being held against her will and that she would seek a court order to secure her release.
She said her client was initially denied legal access and her request to see a private psychologist instead of the institute she was taken to was rejected.
Mokoena told reporters: “She refused to be taken to Tembisa hospital for a psychiatric evaluation because she felt strongly that she was sane. “
According to the IOL news site, since her admission to the hospital’s psychiatric ward, Sithole has been subjected to “mental torture” and “starvation” and she has also been “handcuffed”.
The lawyer added: “When I left Tembisa hospital, she made it clear that as she is now being held against her will, I should please file an urgent court order to let her be released. “
A demonstration against his internment was to be organized by relatives, friends and activists outside the hospital on Friday, June 18, although it was not reported whether this had taken place.
The existence of the tenets has yet to be confirmed or denied, and Independent Media, which revealed the story, has since accused authorities of “cover-up.”
The saga continues.