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Lyndhurst church officials deny illegal construction after collapse

A wall being built as part of an extension to the Alleluia Ministries church collapsed on Tuesday.

Representatives from the Alleluia Ministries International church in Lyndhurst say all their building plans are above board. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Alleluia Ministries International Church has refuted claims that construction on its Lyndhurst premises was illegal.

A wall being built as part of an extension to the original church, collapsed on Tuesday evening.

Johannesburg emergency officials said no injuries were reported.

Representatives from the church say all their building plans are above board.

It's understood the City of Johannesburg ordered the church not to continue with upgrades as no building plans had been approved by the council.

It's now also emerged that the grounds on which the church was built is not suitable for construction but church officials say the contrary.

Yesterday, disaster management officials spent most of the day sifting through the concrete and steel rubble for answers.

In a brief statement, the church's Ndivhuwo Khangale says all their architectural plans including an analysis done on the site's soil are in place.

He says they're doing everything to fulfil the requirements set up by council and that reports by the media suggesting the construction is illegal are shocking.

While Khangale claims the collapse was caused by a construction worker placing too much concrete on a corner slab, the cause of the incident remains under investigation.

This is the second incident of alleged flawed building plans in Gauteng in recent months after investigations at a collapsed house in Meyersdal in August revealed construction plans were not in line with building regulations.

Seven construction workers were killed in the collapse.

Last month, a guesthouse on the premises of 'Prophet' TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria collapsed, killing 115 people, 80 of which were South African.

Government and authorities in Nigeria are in the process of identifying the deceased before they're repatriated to South Africa.

Joshua maintains a plane flying close to the building before the collapse caused the tragedy.

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