SA delegation to press Nigeria for answers over repatriation

There are hopes the delegation will get clarity on when the bodies will be repatriated to SA.

FILE: Jeff Radebe is leading a delegation to Nigeria to get answers on when 84 South Africans killed in the building collapse will be repatriated. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - A special presidential envoy sent to Nigeria to speed up the repatriation of 84 South Africans killed in a building collapse is due to arrive in Abuja today.

The envoy is being led by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who also chairs the inter-ministerial task team set up to manage the return of the bodies.

A total of 116 people were killed when a guest house at controversial pastor TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in September.

An investigation into the cause is currently underway and no one has been arrested.

The task team's spokesperson Phumla Williams says they're hoping for clarity.

"The minister will start the discussions in Abuja and then head off to Lagos. After that, I think we will be able to get some guidance as to when the repatriation will take place."