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Deny T.B. Joshua Visa - ANC Youths

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"T.B. Joshua should not be allowed to come to South Africa until we know what happened to our fellow countrymen at his church". This statement was made by Bandile Masuku, spokesperson for the ANC Youth League of South Africa in reaction to T.B. Joshua's desire to visit South Africa.

The African National Congress Youth League has called on the Jacob Zuma - led South African government not to issue a visa to the General Overseer and founder of the Synagoue Church of All Nations, Pastor Temitope Joshua.

About 115 people, including 84 South Africans were kille and dozens trapped when the multi-storey guest house attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, run by T.B. Joshua collapsed on Friday, 12 September.

This was reported by a South African newspaper, City Press.

About 350 South Africans were reported to be visiting the Synagogue church in the Ikotun neighborhood of Lagos at the time of the incident.

Pastor T.B. Joshua had expressed on Sunday his desire to visit South Africa to commiserate with the families of 84 citizens of the country who lost their lives when the building collapsed. 

Joshua had described those who lost their lives as martyrs to the consternation of South Africans.

"We will make sure we engage with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to make sure they do not issue him with a South African visa", ANC Youth league spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, via the National president, Chief Steve Onu has called on the Lagos state government to apply the full weight of the criminal law against anyone found guilty of the collapse of the Synagogue Church building.

Chief Onu, who said this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, noted that the enforcement of relevant laws and appropriate sanctions against errant builders would serve as deterrent to those that love cutting corners when building.

The NITP, through the National President also called for thorough investigation into the incident, adding that the probe should not only be limited to the owner of the collapsed building but also to the approving agencies.

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