Nigeria collapse: Family complains to Public Protector

A family has accused govt of failing to communicate with them about the repatriation of victims.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The office of the Public Protector says it has received a complaint from one of the families of a South Africans killed in the Nigeria building collapse, whose accused government of failing to communicate with them about the repatriations of the victims of the bodies.

The bodies of 84 South Africans killed in the collapse of a church guest house in Lagos have still not been returned to South Africa, more than 40 days after the tragedy occurred.

This is due to strict rules about the handling of bodies by the Nigerian government.

Public Protector Spokesman Oupa Segalwe says they will work with government.

"We received a complaint from an Eastern Cape family. They alleged a familiar from government to keep them informed on the arrangements for the repatriations of the bodies. What we are doing at the moment is merely an intervention."

Segalwe says their office is engaging with the presidency to deal with these fresh allegations.

The coroner in charge of the inquest into the deadly Synagogue Church of All Nations collapse in Nigeria is appealing to South African authorities to allow families to make blood samples available, to enable the identification and repatriation of the victims.

The inquest was adjourned to 24 October as the Coroner Oyetade Komolafe told the hearing that all parties involved needed more time to prepare witnesses and evidence.