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Nigeria collapse: Bodies of SA victims return home

The bodies of 74 of the 85 South Africans killed in the building collapse were repatriated from Lagos.

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 South African victims in the Nigeria building collapse have arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

The bodies of 74 of the 85 South Africans killed have been flown home from Lagos.

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.

The long wait is finally over for victims' families, who will attend a special ceremony later today.

Over the next few days, families will finally be able to give their relatives a dignified burial, two months after the tragedy.

The remains will then be transported to various mortuaries in Gauteng while families in other provinces are expected to receive the bodies of their loves ones in coming days.

Nigeria has a history of building collapses due to shoddy construction, with 130 reported incidents from 2007 to 2012 in Lagos alone, its vast and largest city of 21 million people.