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Tb Joshua Had No Planning Approval

DECEMBER 19, 2014
Tb Joshua Had No Planning Approval

A town planner who worked for Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua on Friday reportedly told an inquest into what caused a guesthouse belonging to Joshua’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) to collapse that the church did not have planning approval.

The SCOAN guesthouse in Lagos collapsed in September killing 116 people - including 84 South Africans.  The collapse occurred when three extra storeys were being added to the existing two.

Bisi Adedire, who served as a consultant for Joshua, said that he had warned SCOAN officials that they were ignoring Lagos’ building regulations.

Joshua, a self-proclaimed prophet who is believed by many across the world to be able to perform miracles including curing the sick, attributed the incident to sabotage.

The celebrity televangelist has on three occasions ignored a summons to testify before the hearing.

South Africa will not pursue civil claims against TB Joshua and SCOAN

Early this week, the South African government reportedly announced that it will not be supporting any civil claims against TB Joshua and his church.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, in a written reply to Parliament, said government could only provide consular support to the families of the victims.

She was responding to a question from the Democratic Alliance (DA).