Lagos victims: Families, media separated

2014-11-16 15:53
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Pretoria - The families of victims of the Nigeria church building collapse gathered in a hangar at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria on Sunday.

The sombre-looking families were glued to large television screens fixed near a stage.

The family members arrived in batches, and were ushered to chairs decorated in black cloth.

In the hangar, reporters were separated from the families by a rope.

Soldiers stood by with R5 rifles. Numerous paramedics were also in the room.

The SA Police Service brass band delivered a rendition of the 1862 American civil war song Battle Cry of Freedom written by American composer George Frederick Root.

Some family members had white scarves branded with TB Joshua's Emmanuel TV logo.

A plane carrying the remains of 74 victims landed at the base earlier.

A total of 116 people - 81 of them South African, three Zimbabwean and one a Congolese national using South African travel papers - died on 12 September when a guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church Of All Nations in Lagos, headed by Joshua, collapsed.

Twenty-six injured South Africans returned a month ago. Twenty of them have since been discharged from hospitals and reunited with their families.

Read more on:    tb joshua  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  nigeria building collapse

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