A claim that South African woman Gosiame Sithole gave birth to 10 babies earlier this month is not true, an official inquiry has found, APA reports citing BBC.
No hospitals in Gauteng province have a record of decuplets being born, the provincial government says.
Medical tests show that Ms Sithole had not even been pregnant recently, it said.
The 37-year-old is now being held under the mental health act for observation and will be provided with support.
The statement did not elaborate on the reasons behind the fabrication of the story.