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Two month’s pain of Nigerian tragedy heals in Limpopo

By Dr Naledzani Rasila

Only those who died have tested the kingdom of God. They are experiencing the world that does not have sorry and pain. These are the words of Pastor Mautji Pataki during the Provincial Memorial Service of the people who perished when the Nigeria’s Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in September this year. Pataki said they have gone to heaven and are with God. Pastor Pataki was giving a sermon at Ngoako Ramahlodi Sport Centre on Thursday the the 20th this month.

“Shanti...Shanti...Shanti” so sang the representative of the Hinduism calling for peace paying tribute at the service. He was joined by the representative of Christian denominations, Pastor Koma who said the most important question people may ask is not where the 14 Limpopo residents died from but in what they were? “They were in pursuit of the word of God and they died in Christ.” He said. “Amen...Amen...halleluya” They all said in the centre.


The service was attended by people from all walks of life. There were politicians, religious leaders, top private and government managers and other citizens from all corners of the province. Representing bereaved families, Mr Thifhelimbilu Ivan Rampeiwa said, “The painful chapter is gradually diminishing. We thank government for all the support which include repatriation of our beloved ones. We saw what you have done for us from national, provincial to local spheres. Thank you” Rampeiwa requested government to continue to provide support to the families when they burry the mortal remains in different areas this Saturday.

The Premier of the Province, Mr Chupu Stanely Mathabatha indicated that government is behind the bereaved families throughout to the end. “We thank our President, Ntate Jacob Zuma for showing leadership and ordered that our people receive government’s support. He said Government has been together with the families morning since the collapse of the building on 12th of September when they received news of about 86 South African who died.

It was indicated that funeral services will take place in different parts of the province. MEC Seaparo Sekoati detailed the names of diseased and areas of funeral services follows:

1. Tshivhase Azwilingwi George- Bendor, Polokwane

2. Mutangwa Susan Ramatsea – Bendor, Polokwane

3. Motsipa Selelo Jane – Westernberg, Polokwane

4. Mbedzi Mpho Victoria – Ha-Mashamba, Makhado

5. Mphaphuli- Makhuvha Tendani – Thohoyandou Block F, Thulamela

6. Negukhula Shonisani – Maungani, Thulamela

7. Makhani Takalani Portia – Mukumbani, Thulamela

8. Madiba Mamafa Robert – Musina Township, Musina

9. Paponya Dimakadzi – Musina Township, Musina

10. Mabunda Rirhandzu – Tzaneen cementry, Greater Tzaneen

11. Ngomane Tinyiko Martha – Mohlaba Cross, Greater Tzaneen

12. Mathebula magezi eric – Xikukwana, Greater Giyani

13. Maake Dorah – Sedibeng, Greater Letaba

14. Mongala Molesana Isaac – Hlogotlou, Groblerdal.

May their souls rest in peace