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Limpopo receives thirteen mortal remains

By Maanda Mulaudzi

Limpopo Provincial Government led by Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha hosted a reception ceremony for the mortal remains of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident at the Synagoque Church of all Nations in Nigeria. The reception ceremony was held on the 17th of November 2014 at Pietersburg Hospital Campus at the Recreational Hall.


Thirteen people lost their lives when a building collapsed during a church service held by TB Joshua two months ago. The mortal remains of all South Africans who lost their lives in the tragic incident were repatriated on Sunday, 16 November.

Memorial services in the province is set to take place on Thursday (20 November 2014) at Jack Botes Hall, Polokwane. The mortal remains will be buried in different district of the province over the coming week-ends.

Addressing the bereaved  families, Premier Mathabatha said that the moment such as this challenges us as human beings to stand together and support one another.”It is true that a pain shared is a pain halved. The government will ensure that these mortal remains of our departed compatriots are laid to rest with dignity, in the land of their birth, in the land of their forefathers.”

“We first and foremost want to thank the families of our diseased compatriots for their patience and understanding during such a difficult time of pain and uncertainty. Government had to carry the burden of this pain for the past two months.”

“It has never happen since the dawn of our democracy that we had to lose so many of our compatriots on foreign soil in a single incident, not even in the context of a military exchange”.
“Adding salt to an already sceptic wound was the fact that we had to wait for over two months to receive the mortal remains of these beloved sons and daughters of our  soil. This is an unimaginable pain and frustration that families had to ensure”.