Nigeria collapse: Final remains to be flown home

The remains of some South Africans killed in the church collapse will come home this week.

FILE: The scene of the collapse of a guesthouse attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says some of the last remains of South Africans who died in the Nigerian church collapse four months ago will be repatriated this week.

In September, more than 100 people including 85 South Africans were killed when a guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations caved in.

Seventy-four bodies were brought home two months later while authorities worked to identify the rest of the remains.

Radebe says it's unclear at this stage how many of the bodies will be repatriated this week.

A South African team, which departs for Lagos this afternoon, will inform the families if their loved ones' remains will finally be brought back home.

"Those mortal remains will be transported from the Waterkloof Air Force Base to the nearest government mortuaries. Government social workers are in continuous communication with all families."

Government says the families of 11 South Africans will only know tomorrow if their loved ones are among the last group to be repatriated this week.

Radebe says government will update all families during the process.

The minister says the team is expected to return by Wednesday at the earliest.