Polokwane travel agency organised Nigeria church trip

2014-09-17 11:40

A Polokwane-based travel agency has confirmed that one of its tour groups had been lodging at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria when it collapsed.

“From our group, there were eight people, some from Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga,” said an employee of Voxismart Travel, who declined to be named.

“They left last week Thursday. There were no children.”

She was unsure if any from their group were among the 67 South Africans killed in the collapse.

“We don’t have any information at [the] moment. We are waiting for Mr Lamula Mabunda [one of the tour leaders] to update us.”

Mabunda and his wife Mamsy Mabunda were the group’s tour leaders. He could not be immediately reached for comment today.

A multistorey guesthouse at the church in Lagos collapsed on Friday. It is believed that five South African tour groups were lodging at the church of faith healer “prophet” TB Joshua.

Agencies reported that more than 100 survivors had been rescued.

Voxismart Travel is primarily dedicated to arranging visits from South Africa to the church.

Meanwhile, Rescue SA has been put on standby to leave for Nigeria and help with the search and rescue operation.

“It’s just a standby at this stage. Foreign affairs [the department of international relations] asked us to put a team on standby,” Rescue SA chief executive Ian Scher said.

“There has been no further correspondence from them ... but there is a meeting today with different roleplayers and they may decide if we should go.”

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