Zuma said South Africans needed to rise above their personal grief and show sympathy for Nigerians’ daily battle with corruption, poor workmanship and a pompous government
South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma says T.B. Joshua should be spared criticism for the collapse of a church building which resulted in the deaths of at least 84 South Africans.
“The outpouring of criticism is unwarranted and calls for the Public Protector to be deployed to Nigeria are a gross over reaction,” the president said.
According to the Daily Vox, in a statement released by the presidency on Thursday, Zuma said now was not the time to lose faith.
“We might have lost lives but, hey, we do have a nuclear deal with Russia,” Zuma said.
The Daily Vox reports that the president’s comments are likely to draw intense backlash following the death of 115 people, including 84 South Africans at the church complex almost two weeks ago
Zuma said South Africans needed to rise above their personal grief and show sympathy for Nigerians’ daily battle with corruption, poor workmanship and a pompous government.
“Mistakes happen. Buildings fall. I don’t think we understand how good we have it here,” the president said.
“Show me one pothole and I will show you what you’re smoking.”
The chain of events following the incident have been cloaked in confusion and secrecy. Days have passed and still little is still known about the cause of the collapse.
“Witnesses say a building fell. This is mostly what we are certain about,” said an engineer at the scene.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Church described Zuma’s decision as commendable.
“We must accept that God works in mysterious ways,” said the spokesperson, who preferred to be seen but named.