Monday, 10 November 2014

Synagogue Building Collapse: Minister Heads To Lagos To Retrieve Body

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe ,will travel to Nigeria on Monday to meet President Goodluck Jonathan and other officials to try to resolve the delay in returning the bodies of South Africans killed in a church accident two months ago, IOL reports.

Officials said Radebe – who has been appointed by President Jacob Zuma as his special envoy for this task – will meet Jonathan on Monday or Tuesday.

He will also meet Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola and other officials.

On Tuesday, it will be two months since the guesthouse on the grounds of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed, killing an estimated 81 South Africans and about 35 others.

The bodies remain in Lagos while the Nigerian authorities continue to identify them. South African officials say the Nigerians have not given them a clear answer what is causing the delay.

It has been more than a month since the Nigerian government appointed a private laboratory in Cape Town to analyse and match DNA samples from the dead and their relatives to try to identify them.

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