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Nigeria collapse: Remains of last 11 victims return home

An SANDF aircraft carrying the last 11 victims landed at Waterkloof from Lagos this morning.

A military C130 aircraft carrying the bodies of 11 South Africans lands at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says with the remains of all 85 South Africans who were killed in the Nigerian building collapse finally back home, he hopes families will be able to get some closure.

In September last year, 116 people died at the Synagogue Church of All Nations' guesthouse when the building caved in.

Eyewitness News was at the Waterkloof Air Force Base when a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) aircraft transporting the last group of victims arrived from Lagos early this morning.

Government says there is some sense of relief for the families of the remaining 11 victims whose remains took more than four months to be identified by Nigerian authorities.

The SANDF's C130 aircraft touched down at the Air Force Base just after 1am.

Acting High Commissioner for Nigeria in South Africa, Martin Cobham, says the Synagogue Church of All Nations' pastor TB Joshua must be held accountable for the tragedy.

"We cannot just move on."

The mortar remains of the 11 victims will now be transported to various state mortuaries before being released to their families to be laid to rest.

WATCH: Nigeria collapse: Final repatriation of SA victims

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