TB Joshua fails to honour court summons

TB Joshua has twice been summoned to give evidence at an inquest, but failed to appear on both occasions.

FILE: Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations TB Joshua during the President of Nigeria's visit to the church at Ikotun in Lagos on 20 September 2014. Picture: AFP.

LAGOS - The absence of Pastor TB Joshua at the inquest sitting over the collapse of part of his church building that claimed the lives of 80 South Africans on Thursday may prompt an arrest order by the presiding judge if he fails to show up on Friday.

Joshua has twice been summoned to give evidence at an inquest examining the circumstances of the 12 September tragedy in which 116 people were killed, but failed to appear on both occasions.

But the pastor's lawyer insists that his client is ready to explore all available legal procedures.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the South African government must be applauded for bringing the remains of those killed in the Nigeria Church collapse back to their loved ones.

The bodies of 74 of the 84 people killed in the September tragedy were repatriated on Sunday.

Eleven others have not yet been positively identified.

A memorial service for 22 victims from Johannesburg was held at City Hall yesterday.

Families and friends of those who died in the tragedy gathered to pay their last respects at an emotional prayer service.