Nigeria collapse: Family wants 3rd DNA test

Lwandle Mkhulisi called for a DNA test claiming the body the family viewed was not his sister.

FILE: Remains of the 74 South Africans who were killed in a Nigeria building collapse were repatriated in an emotional ceremony at Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - A family who believes they were given the wrong body after the repatriation of the remains of 11 South Africans killed in the Nigeria church collapse say they want a third DNA test.

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

Among the dead were 85 South Africans.

Lwandle Mkhulisi called for a DNA test last month claiming the body the family viewed was not his sister who died in the collapse.

He insists the pathologist was not independent.

"Maybe it's paranoia but the company that did the test was recommended by the government."

However government spokesperson Phumla Williams says government has no reason to tamper with DNA results.

"We have no reason to doubt the process that was followed by laboratory."

Last month, government's inter-ministerial task team said there is no way Nigerian authorities sent the wrong remains home.