Lagos building collapse still being investigated


Acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Chief Executive Officer, Phumla Williams, has said that the cause of collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) hostel building was still unclear.

An inter-Ministerial Task Team, who is currently dealing with the disaster which occurred in Lagos, Nigeria on 12 September, has said that only the Nigerian government can perform the post mortem as well as issue the death certificates of the 84 South Africans who have died in the tragedy.

Authorities have said that the hostel collapsed due to the construction of two extra floors on top the four storey building.

In an interview with SAfm’s morning news programme, AM Live, Williams said that a South African team of experts are working closely with Nigerian officials to make sure that the investigation process is completed as fast as possible.

She added that they have already found all the names and addresses of 62 out of the 84 South Africans who were killed.

They are however still waiting for the Nigerian government to issue death certificates so that the bodies could be flown back to South Africa for burial.

Two South African men, Thanduxolo Doro and Mpho Molebatsi, who both lost sisters in the tragedy, told the BBC that they intend on suing Christian minister, televangelist and so-called faith healer, TB Joshua, who owns the SCOAN hostel, for their loss.

They have also urged other families to join them, as it would bring a stronger case against Joshua.

"I need to do this for her. Even if I stand alone, I am determined to see that something is done," Doro said.

"I understand that some families are afraid to take on someone who purports to be God's messenger and I don't blame them but I will do this."

Molebatsi has said he has contacted his lawyers.

"I have spoken to other families but it has been difficult because this is a time of mourning. I would like to see families get something from the church as some of the people who died were breadwinners," he said.

Twenty-five of the survivors are still receiving medical care after returning to South Africa.

Officials in Lagos have said that 16 of the survivors are still in a critical condition after some had to have limbs amputated as well as other complications.


Photo caption: The after effects of the Lagos Building collapse which occurred on the 12th of September. Photo courtesy of