South African team working around the clock

By Drum Digital
20 September 2014

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, says victims and relatives of the Nigeria building collapse deserve justice and government.

He says he hopes an investigation into the cause of the tragedy will do just that.

Radebe confirmed that 84 South Africans were still unaccounted for and thought to have perished. He also warned that this figure could change as efforts to identify the bodies continue.

Contrary to claims made by the church, Radebe also confirmed reports that emergency rescue services were prevented from accessing the church site where the building collapsed: “We can confirm that indeed teams were prevented from accessing this site initially, but our team is now there working with Nigerian authorities to identify the bodies.”

“The assessment team is focusing on the following specific areas: body recovery and repatriation, victims listing and confirmation, post-mortems as well as assessing the injured persons to determine the medical condition and the required levels of care,” Radebe explains.

-       CITY PRESS

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