SA duo claim to have seen plane

2014-09-20 00:00

TWO South Africans claim to have seen the mysterious aeroplane that T.B. Joshua says caused the collapse of his church guest house.

Up to 84 South Africans are now feared dead in the disaster in Lagos last Friday.

Juanita Sikanyika (38), a lawyer from Fairlands, and Themba Mohlapi (36), a Sandton event planner, said yesterday they saw and heard the plane.

Sikanyika and Mohlapi spoke in Johannesburg at a media conference on Emmanuel-TV, Joshua’s TV channel.

Sikanyika is a member of the Rhema church while Mohlapi belongs to Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan).

Sikanyika was in Lagos on business last Friday, but “I also wanted to go to the church”, she said. She said she was standing on the balcony of her hotel room near the church when she saw the plane. “It was flying very, very low. It looked suspicious to me. I later saw it again. It was shaped like a fish,” she said.

A while later — she could not say how long — the church hostel collapsed, but she didn’t see or hear this, “because I was in the bath”.

Mohlapi was on a “spiritual visit” to the church and was staying in one of the three-storey hostels opposite the building that collapsed.

He heard a loud bang when the building fell. Shortly before that, he heard a plane “flying close to the building”.

“When I heard the bang, I thought the plane had crashed. I ran to the window and saw dust and people. It was a ghastly scene. I saw people with their legs hanging by a piece of skin. It was shocking.”

Joshua has previously been reported as blaming “Islamic extremists” for throwing a “chemical” out of a small plane and causing the collapse.

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