Injured South African returns to TB Joshua church

2014-09-22 15:26

One of the 26 people injured in the Nigeria church building collapse opted to stay in that country.

“I must say only 25 boarded the aircraft because one returned to the synagogue yesterday,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told reporters at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria shortly after the survivors arrived.

“I don’t know the specific reasons of the person who returned to the synagogue.”

Around 115 people, among them 84 South Africans, were killed and dozens trapped when the multistorey guesthouse attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, run by Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, collapsed on Friday, September 12.

About 350 South Africans were thought to be visiting the church in the Ikotun neighbourhood of Lagos when the building came down.

Joshua, one of Nigeria’s best-known evangelical preachers referred to by followers across the world as “The Prophet” or “The Man of God”, yesterday pledged to go to South Africa to meet survivors and their families.

Social workers received two South African toddlers orphaned by the collapse when they arrived at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital today. The two were aged 18 months and two years, said acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams.

Another child, aged six, was also part of the group of injured South Africans arriving home from Nigeria. Williams said the three children were in good hands.

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