Lagos - A South African party has urged the South African government to assist the families of the victims of the Synagogue Church building collapse in Nigeria to sue its founder, Temitope Joshua aka TB Joshua, Punch reports.
The party, the Democratic Alliance, said the manner in which the church handled the collapse of a guesthouse in the church premises which left over 80 people dead and several injured may be criminally liable.
An audio recording surfaced at the weekend of TB Joshua allegedly telling reporters how to frame the building collapse story after offering them N50 000, an allegation the church has not denied yet.
Families of the 25 South Africans injured in the Nigeria church building collapse were allowed to "meet and greet" them at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Monday.
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"We have asked the doctors to allow you to say hello. We have requested that once they are stabilised the meet and greet must happen," said Deputy Social Development Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
"Some of the patients require immediate theatre. You will see them before they go to theatre. We are appealing to the families to work with us."
She said the families were discouraged from kissing and hugging the patients.
"We don’t recommend that for now," she said.
The families were granted around five minutes to see the patients. Private rooms were set aside inside the hospital for the families to consult the patients.
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