SCOAN: South African death toll rises to 84
The number of South Africans, who have died when a guesthouse belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, rose from the previously reported 67 to 84 on Friday.
South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni, told the SABC in an interview, that the number had been revised upwards.
"The number has risen to 84," said Mnguni.
He added that there are still 17 South Africans not accounted for, however the search for them has been called off and they are now presumed dead.
"The search... has come to a conclusion. There were still 17 bodies outstanding," he said.
A total of 349 South Africans visited the Synagogue Church of All Nations premises when tragedy struck last week Friday. 265 made it out alive.
President Jacob Zuma said yesterday that a ministerial task team has been created to help the families of the South Africans, who died in the collapse.
"They will support families and do whatever is necessary to manage the impact of this tragedy," he said.
Photo Caption: Tragic Scoan building collapse, kills 84 South Africans. Photo courtesy of www.bellanaija.com
Eskom has released a statement saying that their generators are running smoothly, and that there is a possibility that there will be no load shedding this weekend.
South Africa has deployed its first batch of trained healthcare professionals to work in Sierra Leone, in an effort to help contain the spread of Ebola Disease Virus in the country and other parts of West Africa.
The Nigerian government has maintained that up to 150 people had been killed during last week’s Boko Haram-led attack, after various earlier reports had put the death toll at over 2000.
Government has reiterated its commitment to repatriate all of the mortal remains of the South Africans that were killed during the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria last year.
Bafana Bafana captain, Dean Furman, has said that he is disappointed with the outcome of their last 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Nigeria.
Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, has said that he only wants his team to make three points when thy face Nigeria at the Uyo International Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, has said that he will not take the last African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Nigeria lightly, even though the South African team qualified for the AFCON tournament, when they beat Sudan 2-1 on Saturday.
New Bafana Bafana captain, Dean Furman, has said that he is proud to be leading his team to the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), after beating Sudan 2-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
Two months since the tragic collapse of a guesthouse in Lagos, Nigeria, the bodies of 74 of the deceased have arrived home to a poignant and emotional reception ceremony.
The South African government says it’s still hoping to bring back this weekend, all the mortal remains of the South Africans, who died when a church building collapsed in Nigeria in September.
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