84 South Africans confirmed dead in building collapse


Beds used by guests are seen near an excavator at the site of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations in the Ikotun-Egbe neighbourhood of Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, September 17, 2014.

Editor&39;s note: this article has been updated to reflect that 84 South Africans are confirmed dead. (Removes "or unaccounted for.")
JOHANNESBURG – The number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria has risen from 67 to 84.

South Africa&39;s high commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni confirmed this with eNCA on Friday morning.

A guesthouse linked to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) collapsed a week ago. 
On Tuesday night, President Jacob Zuma announced that at least 67 citizens were confirmed dead, but on Thursday night it emerged that a further 17 South Africans were unaccounted for. 
“The mission has informed us that 10 bodies have been positively linked as our citizens through reference to identity documents found in their possession,” said International Relations spokesman Nelson Kgwete.
In total 349 South Africans were in Lagos to attend services with Pastor TB Joshua, when the guesthouse they were living in collapsed. 
“Once the deceased have been positively identified government working with all stakeholders will ensure that the remains are repatriated back home,” Kgwete said. 
Meanwhile, the president has set up an inter-ministerial task team to support the families of those affected and manage the impact of the tragedy. 
Photos of those missing in the collapse have been sent to the South African Consulate in Nigeria, to help positively identify remains.