The South African government, Monday, said 115 of its nationals died in the collapsed guest house owned by the Synagogue church. The country’s Minister for Justice, Jeff Radebe, gave the casualty figure when a visited an Air Force base in Johannesburg, where 25 injured persons were being treated.
Of those receiving treatment, the minister said, two people have had their legs amputated, one above the knee and the other just below the knee. Another was said to have had his toes chopped. Radebe said
84 visiting group of South Africans to the church died in the incident which occurred on 12 September. According to a South African online medium, Sowetan Live, Radebe stated that no communication has been received from the Synagogue church General Overseer, Pastor Temitope Joshua, on the incident.
“All that we know is what we have heard from the media,” he was quoted to have said.
Pastor Joshua has announced that he would visit South Africa to commiserate with grieving families who either lost loved ones or injured in the tragedy. While the South African government insists on the high casualty figure of predominantly its nationals, the National Emergency Management Agency has reportedly pegged the total death toll at 86.