The statement by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday, alleging 67 of his countrymen died in the collapsed building at the Synagogue church has been disputed by on-site rescue workers.
According to media reports quoting Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West spokesman of the National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA,
63 bodies have so far being recovered from the debris, and 131 people rescued. Zuma described the incident as a difficult time for his country, stating the incident was the largest calamity South Africans have suffered outside of their country.
President Zuma said, “This is a particularly difficult time for South Africa. Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country.
“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heart-breaking tragedy.
“The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief.”