Survivor of Synagogue building collapse tells of days in darkness
According to yahoo reports, South African mother Lindiwe Ndwandwe, 33, cries as she speaks on September 20, 2014 in Lagos, Niger …
Some 350 South Africans were thought to be visiting the church in the Ikotun neighbourhood of the megacity of Lagos when the three-storey building came down during construction work.
Joshua, one of Nigeria’s best-known evangelical preachers, on Sunday pledged to go to South Africa to meet survivors and their families.
Known by followers across the world as “The Prophet” or “The Man of God”, Joshua claims to work miracles, including raising people from the dead, healing the sick and foreseeing disasters.
He observed a minute of silence at his weekly morning service, and said he would “be travelling to South Africa to meet people from South Africa and other nations… in memory of martyrs of faith”.
Democratic Alliance shadow foreign minister Stevens Mokgalapa said the fact that rescue workers complained that staff at the church had impeded their work in the immediate aftermath of the disaster meant there could be cause for legal action.
“The DA believes that there is now enough evidence for the South African government to, at the very least, explore the possibility of a class action suit against the (church) on behalf of the affected families,” Mokgalapa said in a statement.
“It stands to reason that the church and its members may be criminally liable for the death of a number of South Africans who could have been rescued from the rubble if rescue work was speedily permitted.”
Jeff Radebe, a South African minister in charge of Pretoria’s response to the disaster, told reporters on Sunday that a specially-equipped plane was ready to evacuate 26 wounded nationals, including three children.
He said 16 of the group were critically injured.
“The aircraft is fully equipped and staffed by a medical team, including specialised surgeons, to treat the injured for the 10-hour flight,” he added.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited the church on Saturday and promised to investigate the cause of the tragedy.
He said he would hold talks with stakeholders in the construction industry on how to prevent such a thing happening again, expressing his condolences to South African President Jacob Zuma.