TB Joshua invites victims’ families for Christmas

The church also confirmed the Pentecostal, self-proclaimed prophet will fund the trip.

Nigerian preacher and 'prophet' TB Joshua. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The families of 44 South Africans killed in the Nigeria church collapse have confirmed they will be visiting 'Pastor' TB Joshua over the festive season.

Joshua invited the families to spend Christmas and New Year's Day with him.

The families lost their loved ones when the Synagogue Church of Nations collapsed in Lagos in September, killing 166 people, including 84 South Africans.

Church spokesperson Kirsten Nematandani says the families will take part in a candlelight service.

"The man of God would like to spend quality time with those families and continuously support them."

The church also confirmed Joshua will fund the five-day trip.

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

Eleven others have not yet been positively identified.

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

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