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Church collapse: Last 11 bodies yet to be identified

Most of the bodies have been repatriated but 11 have not yet been positively identified.

Nigerian rescue workers searching through rubble from the collapsed guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos on 16 September 2014. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Government says it's committed to identifying and returning the last remaining bodies from Nigeria following a church collapse in Lagos last year.

A guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in September killing 166 people including 84 South Africans.

Most of the bodies have been repatriated but 11 have not yet been positively identified.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams says, "We will not be irresponsible and bring bodies that have not been positively identified. Unfortunately the laboratory at some point did close down for the first day. This week we are told they are back on this project, they are working."

In December the families of 44 South Africans killed in the Nigeria church collapse 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.