ANCYL send condolences to Nigeria victims

2014-09-22 20:30
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A plane carrying South Africans injured in a building collapse in Nigeria has arrived at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria. See the photos.

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League on Monday sent condolences to the people who died when a church building collapsed in Nigeria.

"The ANC Youth League, on behalf of the progressive young people of South Africa, passes its heartfelt condolences to all families and friends of people who lost their lives at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria.

"We highly appreciate the political work and humanitarian assistance that the South African government has done and continue to do in that dire situation," The league said.

Government showed impeccable leadership by providing the necessary intervention, ANCYL said in a statement.

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

Some 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", on Sunday pledged to go to South Africa to meet survivors and their families.

On Monday morning, a plane carrying 26 South Africans injured in the building collapse arrived at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria.

Social workers received two South African toddlers orphaned by the collapse when they arrived at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

The two were aged 18 months and two years, acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said.

Another child, aged 6, was also part of the group of injured South Africans arriving home from Nigeria.

Williams said the three children were in good hands.

Shortly after the C130 SA Air Force plane carrying them landed at Swartkop, an initial batch of the patients was whisked off to hospital.

Most of the patients were brought out of the plane on stretchers and taken to ambulances.

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