South Africa raises inter-ministerial team over Synagogue building collapse

South African President, Jacob Zuma

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday raised an Inter- Ministerial Task team to help manage the Synagogue church building collapse in Nigeria, in which 67 South Africans died.

Mr. Zuma made the disclosure on the occasion of the Presidential Local Government Summit 2014, taking place in Midrand, Johannesburg.

He said “the task team will support families and do whatever is necessary to manage the impact of this tragedy.”

The South African president said the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, would chair the task team which include the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, minister of international relations and cooperation.

Also, he said, the minister of the home affairs, social development, minister of police, state security, health and the minister of defense and military veterans would all be included.

Mr. Zuma said the South African High Commission in Nigeria put the number of South African victims in the disaster at 67, but search and rescue missions were still ongoing.

“After the search, we will know for sure how many citizens we have lost,’’ he added.

A six-storey building collapsed in Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos on Friday, killing 80 people and injuring many others.

South Africa sent an advance team of emergency personnel to Lagos to help the rescue work.

“We urge all South Africans to provide all possible support to the affected families.

“Many municipalities will be affected in a way by this disaster.

“We urge Premiers and Mayors to also provide support to the families of the deceased who come from their areas,’’ Mr. Zuma appealed. (Xinhua/NAN)

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