Mayor Fihla Visiting Nigerian Church Collapse Victims Families This Morning


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla, will this morning, Thursday, November 20, lead a delegation to see the families of those that perished in the Nigerian Church disaster. The visits will commence at 09h00.

Mayor Fihla is expected to be accompanied by several Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality councillors, religious leaders and other government officials.

Repatriation and burial

The bodies of 74 South Africans, who died in the September 12th tragedy, were repatriated home on Sunday.

A formal reception was held at Waterkloof Air Force Base which was attended by the families of the victims.

After the service on Sunday, the mortal remains were transported to the GaRankuwa Forensic Pathology Mortuary where they were prepared for transportation by road to their final destinations across the country.

Twelve victims were from the Eastern Cape, two from the Free State, 22 were from Gauteng, 23 from Mpumalanga, 13 from Limpopo, six from the North West, five from KwaZulu-Natal and two from the Western Cape.

About five Nelson Mandela Bay families were affected by the tragedy.

Government is working to repatriate the remaining 11 victims’ bodies as soon as possible.

Disaster Victim Identification specialists from the South African Police Service are currently going back to families of the remaining eleven South Africans to collect additional DNA samples for matching.

Communities have been urged to continue to offer support to the affected families during this difficult hour when they will be laying their loved ones to rest.