Nigeria: South Africans still missing after building collapse

Dirco confirms it’s trying to track down five South Africans who were in Lagos at the time of the collapse.

FILE. Dirco has confirmed it’s trying to track down five South Africans who were in Lagos at the time of the collapse. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) is trying to track down at least five South Africans who were in Lagos at the time of a building collapse, which has claimed the lives of 44 people.

A guesthouse at a church in the Nigerian city collapsed on Friday.

It's understood five South Africans were on a church tour at the time.

The department's Nelson Kgwete says, "The officials have been on the ground since news of the collapse and officials have visited hospitals, they've gone to mortuaries and still there is no confirmation whether there are any South African citizens affected by the collapse."