Injured South Africans return home - As it happened

2014-09-22 11:26

Three of the South Africans injured in the Nigeria building collapse had limbs amputated while another developed gangrene, says Minister Jeff Radebe.


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22 Sep 12:37

Ruben Kruger, a veteran of 36 tests in the green and gold, returned after a week in Nigeria and declared that a Pentecostal preacher he called the Prophet had healed his brain cancer, City Press reports.

Temitope Balogun “TB” Joshua prayed for him in the Synagogue Church of All Nations compound while thousands of people sang, danced and wailed, Kruger said.

22 Sep 12:26
SA govt hasn't received any communication from TB Joshua. Nigerian govt has been very co-operative - Radebe

22 Sep 12:25
Already aircraft is ready to bring bodies home - Radebe

22 Sep 12:25
SA forensic scientists processing DNA of the deceased in Nigeria. - Radebe

22 Sep 12:24
Specialists waiting for injured at Steve Biko Hospital.

22 Sep 12:23
Police, defence, health, state security all involved in bringing patients home. - Radebe

22 Sep 12:23
Injured persons very grateful to be back home in South Africa - Radebe

22 Sep 12:22
Radebe tells eNCA the scene in Lagos was a sad one.

22 Sep 12:19
Minister Radebe thanks medical experts who assisted the injured back home.

22 Sep 12:18
The injured person who developed gangrene might have their toes amputated at Steve Biko hospital, said Radebe earlier.

22 Sep 12:14
And with that, the media briefing is over.

22 Sep 12:13
Radebe says he doesn't know why 1 person decided to return to the church.

22 Sep 12:12
Radebe has said that they will now deal with transporting the deceased from Nigeria into the country.

22 Sep 12:08
Radebe says 3 patients had limbs amputated, 1 was rushed to hospital developed gangrene.

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22 Sep 12:07
Radebe says this is the biggest evacuation in SANDF history since democracy.

22 Sep 12:06
Radebe: This the first milestone of this journey. We still have a lot of work to do.

22 Sep 12:06
Radebe names a few people specifically and thank them for their help in getting people home safe.

22 Sep 12:06
Radebe says there were only 25 people on the plane. One person returned to the synagogue on Sunday.

22 Sep 12:05
Radebe says they hear 115 people have now died, but the number of South Africans dead has not gone up.

22 Sep 12:04
Minister Jeff Radebe is now addressing media. He says the plane's landing was not due to the Air Force but because ambulances in Lagos had to move patients.

22 Sep 12:03

Military personnel on Monday morning swiftly attended to South Africans injured in the Nigeria church building collapse, reports Sapa.

Shortly after the C130 SA Air Force plane carrying them landed at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria, 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 parked nearby.

22 Sep 12:01

22 Sep 11:58
The last of the 12 ambulances is departing from Swartkop Air Force base for Steve Biko Hospital, says reporter Erin Bates.

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22 Sep 11:42
More than 10 ambulances are already lined up on the runway, ready to go.

22 Sep 11:41
See our gallery of the victims arriving on home soil.

22 Sep 11:40
One of the little children who was injured in the collapse.

22 Sep 11:39
See a video below of the plane landing in Pretoria.

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22 Sep 11:34
Survivors will be treated in a designated section of Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

22 Sep 11:34

Social workers would receive two South African toddlers orphaned by the building collapse in Nigeria when they arrived in the country on Monday morning, an official said.

The two orphans were aged 18 months and 2-years-old, acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said.

Another child, aged 6, was also part of the 26 injured South Africans arriving home from Nigeria.

22 Sep 11:31

22 Sep 11:31

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

The C130 SA Air Force plane touched down at 10:42.

Three children were among the injured, including an 18-month-old baby and a 2-year-old toddler who lost both their parents in the collapse that killed 84 South Africans.

22 Sep 11:30
An ambulance has left for Steve Biko hospital, 12 were deployed to Swartkop Air Force base for this operation, says a reporter at the base.

22 Sep 11:29
Some survivors are able to walk and are seen being assisted off the plane.

22 Sep 11:28
The media has been kept a distance from the aircraft that brought the injured back.

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