TB Joshua 'paid survivors of Nigeria disaster'

Lagos, 25 September 2014 - A Nigerian journalist has accused televangelist TB Joshua of bribing media practitioners in the country. His church building collapsed nearly two-weeks ago killing over a hundred people, most of them South African. Video: eNCA
File: Nigerian prophet TB Joshua, who has been accused of offering bribes to journalists after a tragic accident at his church complex. Photo: Flickr/S Briggs

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial preacher TB Joshua paid survivors of a Nigerian building disaster R2,000 each, a South African official said on Saturday. 

The news coincided with a report from journalist Nicholas Ibekwe that Joshua had allegedly tried to bribe a journalist in order to secure favourable coverage of the accident which happened last Friday. (LISTEN TO AUDIO IN TWEET BELOW)

"Btw #TBJoshua gave survivors of the #collapsedbuilding R2000.00 each as they were returning to SA. Another bribe or gift?" Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) tweeted on Saturday.

Monyela later told eNCA.com that he had heard about the R2,000 payment from South Africans who had survived the tragedy. 

South African officials say more than 80 South Africans perished when a guest house at Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday. 
eNCA.com was unable to reach Joshua immediately for comment. But Adaure Achumba, eNCA's correspondent in Nigeria, said journalists in Lagos had confirmed reports that the incident had happened.






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