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Nigeria collapse: 74 out of 85 South Africans brought home

The remains of the victims will be handed over to the families this afternoon & over the course of this week.

74 of the 85 South Africans killed in the Nigeria building collapse arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on Sunday morning 16 November 2014. Picture @Chriseldalewis via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The bodies of the victims in the Nigeria building collapse will be handed over to the families this afternoon but many will only receive the remains this week, as family members are located around the country.

The remains of 74 of the 85 South Africans killed were flown home from Lagos and arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base this morning.

Families will attend a special ceremony today.

Inside the Waterkloof Air Force Base, where a special ceremony for the victims of the Laos building collapse will take place later today. Picture: @UbuntuRadioZA via Twitter

Over the next few days families will start preparing their own private funeral services for their loved ones.

They will also receive the belongings they had with them on their journey to see 'Prophet' TB Joshua.

The inter-ministerial task team's Phumla Williams says the families have received counselling, to prepare them for today.

"We will not offload the bodies from the trucks. They will then move out from the trucks to mobile trucks and will be proceeding to their respective provinces. The idea is to be able to hand these bodies back to families as soon as possible."

More than a 100 people died when the guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed almost two months ago.

The collapse occurred when three extra storeys were being added to the existing two of a guest house of the church compound, where visitors from abroad flock to stay.

An inquiry is still underway to determine what caused the tragedy.

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