TB Joshua to stand trial over deaths

FEBRUARY 6, 2015

Self-proclaimed prophet, televangelist and faith healer, Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly called TB Joshua, will have his day in court. This was revealed by the Nigerian High Commission to South Africa at the reception of the remains of the last 11 South Africans who died at Joshua’s Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).

“Let me assure you that ours is to adhere to rule of law," said Martins Cobham, Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa.

"TB Joshua will have to stand before the court when the law takes process. So, he’ll be brought to book. I don’t want us to entertain any fear that TB Joshua will escape people from the court of law.”

A SCOAN guesthouse collapsed killing more than 100 people last September. 85 of the victims were South African - 13 were from the Eastern Cape.

74 bodies were brought home in November but 11 could not be identified, leading to the delay. A lengthy process followed to match DNA samples and identify the victims.

These finally arrived home in the early hours of Friday morning and bereaved families can now start preparing for their burials.

Leader of the inter-ministerial task team Jeff Radebe thanked the Nigerian government for assistance in ensuring the return of the bodies.

“It has been a long wait and we can say that our mission has been accomplished.

"The tragedy has touched the nerve of the young democratic South Africa,” said Radebe.

Radebe says he trusts the Nigerian investigation into the collapse will run its course.