ANCYL: TB Joshua is not welcome

Joshua has said he will visit the country once a month following the collapse of a building at his church.

Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations TB Joshua during the President of Nigeria's visit to the church at Ikotun in Lagos on 20 Sep 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has vowed to protest and block the airport if government allows Nigerian 'Prophet' TB Joshua to visit the South African victims of the Lagos building collapse.

The building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on 12 September, killing 115 people, including 84 South Africans.

The collapse occurred when three extra storeys were being added to the existing two of a guest house of the church compound, where visitors from abroad flock to stay.

Specialist teams are now busy identifying the bodies through DNA tests in order to bring the remains back home.

Joshua, who has a large following in South Africa, has said he will visit the country once a month following the tragedy.

But the ANCYL's Rebone Tau says he is not welcome.

"We will block the airport and he will not leave. He will be on the next flight back to Nigeria until we are satisfied with the answers and the families that have lost their loved ones are satisfied. At the end of the day, we're all puzzled about what really happened the day the building collapsed."

Yesterday, the league asked government not to issue him with a visa to come into the country until he explains what happened during the building collapse.

Joshua has also been blamed for responding too slowly to the disaster and not giving information on the victims.

He has blamed the incident on sabotage.

Joshua is one of Nigeria's best known evangelical preachers and is referred to by his followers as 'The Prophet' or 'Man of God'.