TB Joshua: Building collapse was God’s will

The Nigerian pastor says those affected by the collapse must ‘set themselves free’ from the tragedy.

Nigeria building collapse victims were remembered at a commemoration in Midrand at the weekend. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial Nigerian pastor TB Joshua has sent a special message to those affected by the Lagos building collapse, saying they must 'set themselves free' from the tragedy as it was God's will.

A Nelspruit man who lost his mother when Joshua's Synagogue Church Of All Nations' guesthouse collapsed, has now dedicated his life to follow the pastor and work with him to touch people's lives.

Survivors and families of the 85 South Africans who died a year ago gathered in Midrand on Saturday, for the first commemoration of the tragedy.

Blessing Mokoena refers to himself as a disciple after his mother's death inspired him to follow pastor Joshua, where he now works closely with him on a daily basis in Nigeria.

"I was spiritually lifted up and I needed to get the opportunity."

He attended the commemoration in Midrand and says he's not sad about his mother's passing.

"I believe in what she believed. That strengthens us to stay strong and seek God first."

WATCH: Survivors, families and church goers gathered at the Gallagher convention Center in Midrand to hold a remembrance ceremony for those who lost their lives in the collapse one year ago..

Mokoena says he harbours no hate or bitterness following the tragedy, and believes it's simply his mother's time to join God.

Pastor Joshua did not attend the event, but sent a message saying 'no mortal man or devil can supersede the plan of God which allowed the martyrs to die'.