SCOAN Building Collapse: South Africans Move To Sue T.B. Joshua

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Head of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Pastor T.B. Joshua should be readying his legal after two South African men announced their intentions to file lawsuits against him.

The two men, who both lost sisters in the collapse, are appealing for more families to come together in bringing a case against the preacher.

Thanduxolo Doro and Mpho Molebatsi waited at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport for days after the collapse for news of their sisters, who had been visiting SCOAN.

Both families had last heard from their relatives hours before the collapse, which happened at about 13:50 local time (12.50 GMT) on Friday 12 September.

“It is not that the building collapsed, rather what was done after the collapse – we didn’t get any news from the church,” Mr Doro, whose sister Vathiswa Madikiza died, told the BBC.

“When I contacted them they wouldn’t tell me anything. We saw reports that emergency workers were denied access initially, access that could have saved lives. The actions of the church after the incident are very telling,” he said.

In an open letter published in South Africa’s Star newspaper, Mr Doro called on more families to sue Mr Joshua.

“I need to do this for her. Even if I stand alone, I am determined to see that something is done,” he told the BBC.

“I understand that some families are afraid to take on someone who purports to be God’s messenger and I don’t blame them but I will do this.”

Mr Doro says he was informed by South African officials about his sister’s death this week, but has to wait for the results of DNA tests before her body can be repatriated for burial.

He told the BBC that he had spoken to two families who were eager to join him in suing Mr Joshua, but no concrete plans had been made.

He has not been in contact with Mr Molebatsi, whose sister Hlubi Molebatsi was also killed.

Mr Molebatsi says he has contacted his lawyers.

“I have spoken to other families but it has been difficult because this is a time of mourning. I would like to see families get something from the church as some of the people who died were breadwinners,” he told the BBC.



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  1. The angry relatives of the victims of the demise should know that in the event of a disaster, it takes days for rescue teams to remove and identify bodies. You cannot expect an immediate reply regarding a particular individual because the church doesn’t even know those involved. A church is not a hotel where people book in. Secondly, it is not the church, but Federal agencies that were responsible with such issues of handling the aftermath of such a collapse. Talking about financial compensation, the SCOAN is not a business place and has no insurance. You would have better prevented ya family members from taking that trip than trying to make money out of it.

  2. You’ve said it all Armstrong. Things like this are unprecedented, the church should not take all the burdens alone. I believe the church was in a big shock and should not be expected to start making statements almost immediately about who died or who did not.

  3. In every given situation God has something to say, let not SCOAN stand alone and be blamed for evil acts. The plane that hovered the SCOAN premises is behind the Collapse. This was done to tarnish SCOAN and to try and stop the word of God. But for as long as God lives his works are unstoppable, he lives forever because He is WHO he is. In Jesus ‘s Christ name. Amen

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