Unclear if South Africans affected in Lagos buildings collapse
It was unclear on Monday evening whether any South Africans were affected by the collapse of buildings in Lagos, Nigeria, the department of international relations said.
"We know of at least five South African church tour groups [who] were at the Synagogue at the time of the collapse," spokesman Nelson Kgwete said in a statement.
"However, it remains unclear how many South Africans were affected."
Associated Press reported that at least 46 people were killed when a shopping mall and guesthouse at the headquarters of T.B. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed.
Kgwete said the department was in touch with tour organisers and South African officials in Lagos were on the scene trying to establish whether any South Africans were involved.
The department set up a 24-hour phone line for the public concerned that their relatives could be affected by the building collapse.
T.B. Joshua's Christian station Emmanuel TV has released a video claiming to show an 'aircraft' which was allegedly responsible for the building collapse.
The security footage shows the 'strange plane' flying low over a building at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria four times in the space of an hour shortly before its tragic collapse.
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