SA death toll from Nigerian building collapse lowered

2014-09-30 05:00

Cape Town - Four people killed in the Nigerian building collapse were travelling on South African documents, causing confusion about the local death toll, an official said on Monday.

"Initially we were told there were 84 [deaths] but through this rigorous process of identification we have now established four were not South Africans, but they have used South African documents," acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams told Sapa.

She said the three Zimbabweans and one Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) citizen all had South African residence permits.

The South African government had been in contact with Zimbabwe and the DRC.

"They have confirmed these are their citizens."

Williams said the remains of the four people would be brought back from Nigeria with the remains of the South Africans who were killed when the when the multi-storey guest house attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos collapsed on 12 September.

Around 115 people were killed.

  • Thabitha MaDaluxolo Khabele - 2014-09-30 05:14

    This was a pure offering from the fake prophet to satan for power and wealth,no wonder Uganda banned this a**hole at their country,I wonder why S.A wont do the same...

      Jon Hing - 2014-09-30 08:21

      Agree Cameroon has banned him as well as well for "false/diabolical miracles" as they put it Cameroon Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Henri Eyebe Ayissi described him as a a “son of the devil” pretending to be “a man of God”

  • Deeteem - 2014-09-30 06:05

    Every second person in Africa has South African travel documents !!

      jhide.onanuga - 2014-09-30 13:26

      What makes you think so low like that? How many people are living in Africa? How many passports were issued out by Home Affair? You are just a joke and you don't deserve to live in Africa.

  • Hlengani Fickson Makhense - 2014-09-30 06:22

    Millions of Foreiner's are using South African Documents to live in the Country and to abroad the World.This show's how Stupid South African Policies and handling things from Home Affairs.

      jhide.onanuga - 2014-09-30 09:34

      Have you ever been out of South Africa? Ignorance is not an excuse to display foolishness. Get education

      jhide.onanuga - 2014-09-30 09:34

      Have you ever been out of South Africa? Ignorance is not an excuse to display foolishness. Get education

  • Vanetia Mentor - 2014-09-30 07:00

    Whats gonna haplen to the proph?

  • Nithaam Moses - 2014-09-30 07:05

    the christians nd their propherhood... bunch of waiting for the next guy to claim to b jesus lmimp!!!

  • MkanyaGP - 2014-09-30 07:08

    It also shows how little you know about the world itself. People travel the world and acquire residence permits in foreign countries. South Africans too. Its not about South Africa Home Affairs' policies. You go to Australia, New Zealand, UK, You will find South Africans there, with local IDs.

      jhide.onanuga - 2014-09-30 09:47

      Please tell him all about that because he doesn't know anything about life. Ignorance is not an excuse

  • Alison Ford - 2014-09-30 07:28

    why not give a South African passport and ANC executive membership to Joshua the prophet. He is qualified.

  • Japhet Gochela Mangena - 2014-09-30 07:58

    There is nothing wrong with having resident permit as long it is genuine

  • tom.drems - 2014-09-30 08:53

    God bless TB Joshua

  • Selma Kanasho - 2014-09-30 08:57

    may their souls resting in peace

  • Selma Kanasho - 2014-09-30 08:59

    may their souls resting in peace

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-09-30 09:01

    Death toll lowered, how is that possible, did they come back to life ? now that would be a miracle. Poor headlining again News 24.

  • Selma Kanasho - 2014-09-30 09:01

    may their souls resting in peace

  • Biiza M Herbert - 2014-09-30 10:56

    how some of you are making noise about these permanent residence pernits is beyond me.people shoulf just learn the law.many south africans have british passports does that make it wrong for them to posses those?im appalled

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