The commissioner said forensic tests were still to be conducted to confirm identities of the dead
In chat with AFP, Pretoria’s high commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said the number of South Africans that died in last Friday’s collapse has risen to 84.
“The number has risen from 67 to 84, with more bodies discovered on Thursday,” Lulu Mnguni told AFP, adding that the toll could rise.
“The number of South Africans who were in the church might be higher, as we believe that some people organised the trip themselves without using travel agents,” Mnguni said.
The commissioner said forensic tests were still to be conducted to confirm identities of the dead.
South Africa has sent a team of 10 disaster management personnel, including doctors to help in the search.
It is believed that there were 349 South Africans visiting the SCOAN at the time of the crash.