The South African media have come down hard on the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and its founder, T.B. Joshua, the federal and state government and rescue agencies in Nigeria.

It was gathered that the Guardian, Mail to Sowetan and Sunday Times are of the opinion that the tragic incident was handled with levity.

In a report titled ‘Blood on their hands’, Sunday Times said the management of the tragedy has been characterised by chaos, incompetence and lies.

the newspaper said.

South African Minister Jeff Radebe yesterday urged the Federal Government to investigate the “tragedy”. Radebe said 84 South Africans who were part of visiting church groups had died in the September 12 incident. He was speaking at an air force base north of Johannesburg where 25 South Africans who were injured returned for treatment.

Other newspapers, such as The CityPress, also blasted the Synagogue church for not co-operating with rescue agencies.

Mail & Guardian on Sunday, however, said the rescue efforts later improved, but it was too late.

The newspaper said:

The paper said building collapses happen repeatedly in Nigeria

Mail & Guardian added:

The South African Press Association, the country’s news agency, also did an unflattering profile of Prophet Joshua, which were run by some of the local newspapers. The profile said Joshua claims he has power to cure anything, from AIDS to cancer.

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