No clarity on when Nigeria collapse victims will be identified

Jeff Radebe said DNA samples of all victims have arrived at a Stellenbosch lab where they are being analysed.

FILE: Nigerian rescue workers search through rubble from the collapsed guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos on 16 September 2014. Picture: EPA.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says government can still not confirm when the remains of the 80 South Africans who died in the Lagos building disaster will be repatriated.

It's been more than a month since tragedy hit the Nigerian Capital in which 116 people, including 80 South Africans, died.

The collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations occurred when three extra storeys were being added to the existing two of a guesthouse in the church compound where visitors from abroad flock to stay.

Led by the charismatic "prophet" TB Joshua, the Lagos Pentacostal Church attracts a global following of Christians who believe Joshua is able to perform miracles including curing the ill and raising the dead from the grave.

Radebe shed very little light on the latest development surrounding the repatriation process of the 80 South Africans who died in the collapse.

He reiterated all processes are being handled by Nigerian authorities but said government is constantly in talks with the relevant parties.

The minister said DNA samples of all 116 victims have arrived at a Stellenbosch laboratory where they are being analysed.

Radebe said once this is complete, government will be able to conclusively identify the South Africans.

At the same time, the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says it has received a complaint from one of the families of a South Africans killed in the collapse whose accused government of failing to communicate with them about the repatriations of the victims of the bodies.

The office says it's engaging with the presidency to deal with these fresh allegations.