Nigeria collapse: Survivor insists Joshua shouldn’t be blamed

Lindiwe Ndwandwe supports TB Joshua, who insists the building collapse was caused by a passing plane.

Lindiwe Ndwandwe a survivor of the TB Joshua church building collapse and her one month-old baby Minenhle. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A Kempton Park woman who survived five days under the rubble of the Lagos church collapse says it has taken months for her to understand why she was 'spared'.

Tomorrow marks exactly one year since 116 people died, most of them South Africans, when the Synagogue Church of All Nations Guesthouse caved in.

Lindiwe Ndwandwe survived by drinking her own urine and finding a small hole in the pile of rubble to breath.

She says every time she looks at her one month old baby girl, God reminds her why she had to fight to survive for five days under the rubble without food or water.

The new mother believes baby Nenhle is the reason she survived.

"This is why he kept me alive, because there is a life that I had to bring into this world. I didn't know how I [managed], even after the accident. It's God."

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She says one year later she still has nightmares.

"When I am in a building I feel the shakes, I hear the sound, and it just comes back automatically."

Ndwandwe says she still supports Pastor TB Joshua, who insists the building collapse at his premises was caused by a passing plane.

She says his critics are being unfair.

Survivors of the Nigerian building collapse have asked the synagogue church of all nations to preserve the rubble at the site as sign of respect for the worshippers who were killed in Lagos.

Ndwandwe says she wants to take her daughter back to the site of the collapsed guesthouse next year.

"I would love for the synagogue church to keep the place as it is, so that when we go, we can see the place where it happened."