The Democratic Alliance plans to write to the Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane urging her to assist South African victims and their families to file a class action suit against Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua’s church.
More than 80 people, many of them South Africans, died after a building collapsed at the Synagogue of All Nations in Lagos. Several others were injured.
The DA’s Stevens Mokgalapa believes the church may be criminally liable, as he believes many lives could have been saved if rescue work had begun immediately after the disaster.
“The Democratic Alliance is deeply saddened and concerned about the reports of alleged negligence from the church in Nigeria, just after the collapse of the building there and we also want to get the full disclosure of the assistance of the South African government and the cooperation of the Nigerian government in as far as the tragedy is concerned.”
Meanwhile, government has announced it will send a South African National Defence Force aircraft to Lagos on Sunday to evacuate the South Africans injured in the disaster.
Officials say none of the bodies will be returned to South Africa on this flight, as South African forensic experts are still identifying the dead.
They say this could take at least seven days because of the complexity of DNA analysis.
The experts are trying to accelerate the process because scores of family members are still waiting for confirmation of the death of their loved ones.
There have also been allegations of bribery levelled against Pastor Joshua.