‘TB Joshua will help where he can’

2014-11-19 17:16

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Evangelist TB Joshua will do all he can to support families who lost their breadwinners when a guesthouse at his church complex in Lagos collapsed in September.

That’s according to his lawyer Bally Chuene, who acts as Joshua’s spokesperson in South Africa.

The remains of most of the South Africans who died in the September 12 collapse have been repatriated and funeral services have begun across the country.

Chuene said the Synagogue Church of All Nations had been constantly in touch with the victims’ families and had offered both the financial and emotional support they needed.

He said all those who lost relatives were given R50 000 to help with burial and other expenses.

But, Chuene said, “it does not mean that it ends there.”

“The church has been going around the country doing needs analysis. In cases where people have lost the breadwinner the prophet (Joshua) will assist where he is able.”

Chuene, who was Nelson Mandela’s lawyer, also defended Joshua from criticism that he has not appeared before an inquest into the collapse.

“For someone to appear in court in Nigeria there must be a subpoena served on that person personally. The prophet was not served with a subpoena and once he receives it, the necessary process will follow.

“The prophet is a law abiding citizen and he will be there,” he said.

Chuene, who attended the inquest in Lagos, also insisted that structural defects had nothing to do with the building’s collapse.

“It was sabotage.”

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