Nigeria collapse: Some remains not collected

The bodies of 74 of the 84 people killed in TB Joshua's church were repatriated last week.

Remains of the 74 South Africans who were killed in a Nigeria building collapse were repatriated in an emotional ceremony at Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The government says some remains repatriated from Nigeria have not yet been collected by family members.

The bodies of 74 of the 84 people killed in the September tragedy were repatriated last week.

A total of 11 South Africans still need to be identified following the collapse of Prophet TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of all Nations.

The guesthouse, accommodating Joshua's followers, 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 inter-ministerial task team's Phumla Williams said, "Families, especially from Mpumalanga, haven't fetched the remains of their loved ones."

Meanwhile, the absence of the prophet at the inquest sitting over the collapse of part of his church building on Thursday may prompt an arrest order by the presiding judge if he fails to show up next week Friday.

Joshua has twice been summoned to give evidence at an inquest examining the circumstances of the tragedy, but failed to appear on both occasions.

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