Lagos Collapse: Radebe to lead delegation to Nigeria

The building collapse in September claimed the lives of 116 people, including over 80 South Africans.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says he will soon lead a delegation to Nigeria to hold meetings with government officials to find out exactly when the bodies of South African citizens killed in the Lagos building collapse will be repatriated.

The building collapse in Lagos claimed the lives of 116 people, including over 80 South Africans,the process to identify the remains has not yet been concluded.

The guesthouse, accommodating followers of 'Prophet' TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations, caved in on 12 September.

The collapse 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.

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 says a South African delegation will visit Lagos in the hopes of speeding up the repatriation of the bodies of those killed in the tragedy.

He says of the of the 29 injured South Africans, only six patients are still receiving medical treatment at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

The minister says while he doesn't know when Nigerian authorities will announce the release of the remains, government will monitor the process closely.

Radebe says his office is in constant contact with the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria to get regular updates on the process.

Joshua has been criticised for his response to the collapse.

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