SA won’t support TB Joshua civil claim

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said government could only provide consular support.

Nigerian preacher and prophet TB Joshua. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African government won't support any civil claim against Nigerian preacher TB Joshua and his church.

Around 84 South Africans were killed when a Lagos guesthouse attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in September.

The incident occurred when three extra storeys were being added to the existing two.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, in a written reply to Parliament, said government could only provide consular support to the families of the victims.

She was responding to questions from the Democratic Alliance (DA) about whether the state would support relatives if they proceeded with a civil case.

Department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said, "The government provided extensive counselling to the families and brought back the remains of the citizens who perished in Nigeria."

The Pentecostal church attracts a global following of Christians who believe Joshua is able to perform miracles, including curing the ill and raising the dead from the grave.

An inquiry is underway to determine the cause of the collapse.