67 South Africans killed in Nigeria building collapse

2014-09-16 20:57

Cape Town – Sixty-seven South Africans have died after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday, according to the presidency.

In a statement released on Tuesday spokesperson Mac Maharaj said: “I am greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries, after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday, 12 September 2014, in Lagos, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The last death toll from the collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Nigeria was reported at 57 earlier on Tuesday.

Maharaj said: “Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heart-breaking tragedy. The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief.”

He directed the relevant government departments and entities to act with the utmost urgency to ensure that the presidency facilitate the movement of relevant family members to Nigeria, to identify the bodies.

“Government will keep the public informed of developments around this tragedy.”

Collapsed building

It was earlier reported that a total of 131 people were injured in the collapse of the hostel, which housed Nigerian and foreign followers of the popular preacher and televangelist TB Joshua.

Joshua's network of churches and a television station have attracted people from around the world to Lagos with promises of receiving miracles and prophecies from the man followers dub "The Prophet".

Joshua has suggested that a low-flying aircraft was responsible for the collapse and released security camera footage apparently showing a plane flying four times over the hostel before its collapse.

Ikotun is located to the west of Lagos's international aircraft.

The preacher has not commented directly on the deaths and initially claimed that only a few people were injured but on Sunday tweeted: "No matter how long a lie is sustained, truth will someday prevail."

Rescuers say the building was overburdened by additional floors being constructed on top of its existing foundations.

Lagos state government officials are investigating the cause of the collapse.

  • Pat Ndlovu - 2014-09-16 21:10

    Dude plz delete this headline "builing" its "building"

  • Tapedza Hondo - 2014-09-16 21:11

    what a tragedy..RIP

  • Chase Cameron - 2014-09-16 21:12

    God works in mysterious ways.

  • JohnvanderWesthuizen - 2014-09-16 21:13

    6 hours ago the death toll was 57. Now it's 67 South Africans ? Was the entire room full of South Africans and tragically, more bodies have been discovered ? Or are Nigerian authorities being economical with the truth ?

      Dolus Smolus - 2014-09-16 21:43

      I smell a rat.

      Ndlovu Mpho - 2014-09-16 21:45

      Wait till the morning, it will be 123 000

      Herman de Waal - 2014-09-16 22:19

      This reporter must be family of Pres. Forty thousand million nine hundred and million thousand ninety eight...two.

  • Sorinola Babatunde - 2014-09-16 21:13

    Lazy journalism , news24 should at least verify before posting. Body count so far stands at 47, how 67 SAcans are now been reported dead beats me !

  • Fortunate Mbizi - 2014-09-16 21:13

    Death comes in different ways. Heartbreaking indeed.

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2014-09-16 21:14

    What were they doing in Nigeria?

      Koos Luerre - 2014-09-16 21:39

      Contributing to the pastor's fleet of Mercs, Rolls Royce's, helicopters, harem, and palaces. Why, didn't you know?

      Lisa Ram - 2014-09-16 22:03

      TB Joshua is a false prophet. He is not of God. So this does not surprise me. How does an ex witch-doctor turned "man of god" deceive so many? Christians need to stop running after signs and wonders and rather seek God on their own, seek a real personal relationship with The Messiah, Yeshua. Pray for discernment instead of running after men. God desires a deep personal relationship with all His children. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24

  • Valentine Mo - 2014-09-16 21:14

    While in Nigeria which has the highest population in Africa why it was mostly South Africans who died during the collapse?

  • mbah.pascal - 2014-09-16 21:17

    I know that nothing happen to us without our destiny approving it, may their souls rest in peace and may God grant their relatives the fortitude to bear this in replaceable lost!!!!!!

  • Keith Oosthuizen - 2014-09-16 21:17

    'Ikotun is located to the west of Lagos's international aircraft'??? Are we to believe news24's 'facts' if their grammar sucks?

  • Joseph T Matshete - 2014-09-16 21:20

    boko haram hit again. why go in a high risk jihad infested area. thats a miracle they were after.

      Elijah Nhlanhla Kubeka - 2014-09-16 22:07

      The Book of life says Almighty is a good God.You are trying to blame the wrong man.Try Boko Haram.You are correct Joe.Christians are enemy number to the Islam maniacs or Jihad gang.They were lucky they were not abducted.They are in paraside now and singing gospel songs with Abraham.

      OzzyInSA - 2014-09-16 22:46

      @Joseph, no. What you have here is a greedy person extorting more money out of people. He was building extra floors on a foundation not constructed to take it. Jesus threw people trying to profit from their teachings out of the Sanhedrin. This guy will be found out and charged and convicted for the death of these people. Christianity is not a money-making venture. it is funny how these guys get caught out eventually. God works in mysterious ways. This has nothing to do with Boko Haram. It is down to greed of an individual who dupes people.

  • sige.gorabeb - 2014-09-16 21:23

    Questions, questions and more questions!

  • Ralph Gley - 2014-09-16 21:27

    Its rather unfortunate may they RIP. To the South Africans who think their country is the only country people from other countries visit there you go. There are foreigners in every country. Be it work, safety, spiritual gains one country does not have it all. If you still into Xenophobia be of the known that other African countries welcum you with a friendly heart

      Ennio Morricone - 2014-09-16 21:38

      Whats your point?

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2014-09-16 21:35

    I was there in sinagogue on 2012 sept same guest house same place that buildinng was in bad shape interiour n exteriour we were sleeping morethan 25 at the same room. I spent 8 days on a prayer meeetings at the same building n tb joshua is a very rare true man of god who is truly helping the whole world knowing the thruth about the kingdom of light n darkness .sorry fo such kind of unpresidented tragedy

      Dolus Smolus - 2014-09-16 21:47

      How much did you pay for the privilege of being put in danger's way?

      Anthoula Joshua - 2014-09-16 22:52

      He reaches millions of people spreading the Gospel and has only done good for Nigeria. Only God may judge his heart and intentions.

  • Mthunzie Maphumulo - 2014-09-16 21:39

    May their soul rest in peace. This is really painful

  • Ndlovu Mpho - 2014-09-16 21:41

    And they were feeling his presence when suddenly the building caved in, he couldnt save the worshipers? What a brain wash or was it his will again? Thanks but no thank! And we have to ask him now to comfort the families!

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  • Dolus Smolus - 2014-09-16 21:46

    What religion is this? Synagogue Church?

      OzzyInSA - 2014-09-16 22:39

      I did wonder about this as well.

      Anthoula Joshua - 2014-09-16 22:46

      The largest Church service is held by them, probably in the world. Saw it on TV. Actually incredible to see. They are Christian, Pentacostal I think. Millions of Nigerians follow them. They do a lot of good in Nigeria though.

  • Priscilla Matsepane - 2014-09-16 21:51

    may soul rest in peace.

  • Nomusa Magwaza - 2014-09-16 21:51

    All in the name of miracles!!! Very sad indeed!!

      Jacquline Kombe - 2014-09-16 22:06

      may they soul rest in peace its so sad to loose the loved ones.

      Jacquline Kombe - 2014-09-16 22:14

      may God give strenth to the families who has lost their loved ones may thier rest in peace

  • Andrew Namangundu - 2014-09-16 21:54

    May their soul rest in peace !

  • Kelem Jude - 2014-09-16 21:55

    Official figures stands at 47 .. with only one south african killed.

  • Kelem Jude - 2014-09-16 21:55

    Official figures stands at 47 .. with only one south african killed.

      Johann Müller - 2014-09-16 22:16

      That's how I had it as well

  • Lunga Ntulini - 2014-09-16 21:56

    131 people injured and 67 South Africans died. Surely there were others people from other countries who were there too but only SA reporting deaths on there side. This is bad...

  • Nkululeko Tekniq Mathiela - 2014-09-16 21:58

    ''For the love of God is not within them''

  • Sugan Moodley - 2014-09-16 22:03

    OMW!!! This is horrific. My heart go's out to those families who have lost loved ones.

  • Mwaba Phiri - 2014-09-16 22:03

    This true? The Nigerians say the death toll this far is 57. Where are the 67 S Africans derived from?

  • Philip Delport - 2014-09-16 22:04

    "The last death toll from the collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Nigeria was reported at 57....!!!!! earlier today." but 67 were South African WHO IS COUNTING WHAT or are there 2 different reported collapses....RIP !!!!

  • Phae Rayden - 2014-09-16 22:09

    Wonder if his followers will finally see him for the money grabbing charlatan he is, hope the victims families sue this bastard for the last cent of his billions, conned from the desperate and poor.

      Wisan JW Justice - 2014-09-16 22:19

      your child/ren is reading this and surely they will pay you back beautifuly one day,period

      Phae Rayden - 2014-09-16 22:21

      Wisan please explain..

      Chris Edwards - 2014-09-16 22:30

      Rayden u take after yo father the Devil,pipo do die u fool

  • MoonFlower Reloaded - 2014-09-16 22:09

    Something doesnt add up in the numbers... 57 official from Nigerian government... #confused

  • Mbali Mncwango - 2014-09-16 22:10

    These is very sad, may God comfort their fammilies.

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  • Carien Daffue - 2014-09-16 22:26

    This is a gem News24....where are the editors

  • Patrick Saulosi Chiphani Phiri - 2014-09-16 22:31

    Rest in peace ,,,,mayGod confort all the families going through this toughtime, sorry !!!

  • Chase Cameron - 2014-09-16 22:33

    The figure may go up or down... erm usually it only goes up when you are recovering bodies and identifying them.

  • Rollingstone Brown - 2014-09-16 22:33

    come to islam ull have n everlsting peace no isis

  • Ayefeli Mudau - 2014-09-16 22:34

    May their soul rest in peace

  • Musa Dinhiro - 2014-09-16 22:36

    Those a humans who died there,no matter nigerians or msanzi's,may the're soul rest in peace AMEN

  • hlengiwe.khuzwayo.31 - 2014-09-16 22:36

    Guys..... It is true in based in Nigeria I have a friend in the SA embassy more than 100 ppl died and all 67 ppl have been confirmed to be SA nationals

  • Celi Mbokazi - 2014-09-16 22:45

    Rip. Sosad

  • Maru Sebata - 2014-09-16 22:47

    We share th grief with affected families from different countries & Nigeria. Science defy spiritual belief, poor workmanship the cause, TP Joshua mst keep quit , there was no crashed plane, the tradegy is man made & has proven the great TP Joshua wrong, he is not what has been claiming to be,

  • Edwin Nukeri - 2014-09-16 22:47

    Its a tragedy! another dark night, another longest night. dark clouds cover our nation this is a long dark night of sorow and pain... The cry, the scream and the shout Its tragedy indeed Oh! God what have we done to deserve this? Our beloved Country, another heart-paining wound, flooding tears for the children, mothers and fathers, for the daughters and sons of our nation for those who lost their emidiate family members, its a huge tragedy!

  • Olebogeng Lebo - 2014-09-16 22:50

    it is like a mud building falling down

  • Phillip Mathibe - 2014-09-16 22:55

    RIP fellow south africans. May the flags be flown at half mast. Mr president must declare a week of mourning till the bodies are laid to rest. Its a tragedy . Once more RIP.

  • jonas.Bnet - 2014-09-16 22:57

    RIP dearest Brothers, you are now sitting with The Lord

  • Luzuko Blazzanha Dinga - 2014-09-16 23:08

    Bad news for SA!

  • Melvin Palmer - 2014-09-16 23:23

    It is in deed sad for all families affected, my deepest condolences. Nevertheless, God is not to be blamed...but the lack of knowledge that many, unfotunately, suffer from! Is God only in Nigeria? Is God confined to a single man, that South Africans sould travel across borders to seek Him? Who do we really worship?

  • Spiro Wa Afrika - 2014-09-16 23:25

    South afrika take heart R.I.P brthrs my yr souls gt a wonderful rest

  • Livhuwani Coxwell Mugeri - 2014-09-16 23:35

    dats bad indeed, R.I.P

  • Bonani Nggqaimbana - 2014-09-16 23:46

    RIP,brothers n sisters,what a tragedy .