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SA sends disaster management team to Lagos

18 September 2014, 08:06 Tinswalo Baloyi

Johannesburg -  South Africa has dispatched a disaster management team to Prophet TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, where about 70 of its citizens were killed after a church building collapsed.

The country's minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, confirmed the team had been dispatched.

"....There were South African citizens amongst those affected when a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday, 12 September 2014.

"As per the instruction from President Jacob Zuma, Government has activated its disaster management processes and is treating the matter with the utmost urgency," she said.

Also Read: NEMA says death toll at 70 after building collapse

"The Government understands fully the pain and anguish of affected; and we are walking this difficult and painful path hand in hand with the families.

"The South African Consul-General in Lagos has been working around the clock, visiting the scene, liaising with the leadership of the church and other authorities. In addition, the South African High Commission in the capital, Abuja, has seconded staff to Lagos to provide assistance to the Consul-General," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

She said an advance team of disaster management personnel was on the way to Lagos.

Nkoana-Mashabane said in Pretoria, an inter-departmental team had been put together to coordinate all Government activities relating to the calamity.

"As the advance team of emergency personnel is making way to Lagos, we appeal in the interim for family members and friends to send pictures of their affected loved ones to the Operations Room that has been set up at DIRCO," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

- CAJ News


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