SA welcomes probe in church building collapse

SA welcomes probe in church building collapse

JOHANNESBURG – THE South African government welcomed the ruling that the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria must be investigated after a guest-house it owned collapsed last year, killing 116 people, the majority of whom were South African nationals.

Acting cabinet spokeswoman Phumla Williams said government had noted the ruling that the Synagogue Church of All Nations must be investigated and prosecuted for negligence.

“Government hopes that the conclusion of the inquest will assist the families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy find closure,” Williams said in a statement on Wednesday.

She said that government welcomed the conclusion of the coroner’s inquest, that was instituted by the Lagos State Government to investigate the collapse of the guest-house, which the church owned.

A guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church Of All Nations in Lagos, headed by preacher TB Joshua, collapsed on September 12, 2014, killing 116 people. Eighty-five South Africans who had travelled to the church lost their lives in the incident. – ANA