Remains of SCOAN victims returned to South Africa

Remember the families of the deceased in your thoughts and prayers as their grief is reawakened with the returning of their loved ones bodies from Lagos. News updates are listed below courtesy of Just Wonder.

A women is carried by officials after collapsing from grief

The names of the deceased being read out too much to bear for some of the family members who are crying loudly
A stretcher being brought in for one of the traumatized relatives

Member of Lagos repatriation team dies of malaria

Pretoria – A department of health employee died after contracting malaria while assisting in Nigeria, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Sunday.
Radebe said Pieter Fourie, who was a member of the medical team sent to Lagos for the repatriation of the church building collapse victims, died on Friday.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Member-of-Lagos-repatriation-team-dies-of-malaria-20141116

The repatriation of the bodies was a concerted effort: Ngcakula

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKA9h08TB2A

Remains of Nigeria building collapse victims arrive in SA

CENTURION – A plane carrying the remains of 74 of the victims of the Nigerian church collapse has landed at Waterkloof air base in Pretoria.

http://www.enca.com/south-africa/remains-nigeria-building-collapse-victims-arrive-sa

‘Lagos victims’ bodies are rotting’

“Out of concern for potential secondary trauma to the families as well as public health considerations, government discourages all families from viewing the mortal remains.”
“The bodies of about 80 South Africans killed when a church building collapsed in Lagos more than three weeks ago are decomposing in inadequate Nigerian mortuaries….”

A statement issued by the South African government on September 28 hinted at the state of the bodies: “Part of what was communicated to the families is that, due to the scale of the disaster, passage of time and climatic conditions, most of the mortal remains are not in a good state.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/lagos-victims-bodies-are-rotting-1.1760132

Nigeria tragedy: Aaron Motsoaledi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd_mtL88o1k

Bathabile Dlamini on the arrival of the SA bodies from Nigeria

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yySpQe-IBXA

LAGOS – Minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe says the remains of only 74 of the 85 victims of the Lagos building collapse will be brought back home.

Briefing the media in the Nigerian capital, Radebe said 80 South African specialists are still busy trying to identify the bodies of the other victims.
The health professionals and police officials arrived there on Friday night and were deployed to three hospitals to oversee the repatriation process.
The medical team has urged families not to view the bodies.
A religious service will be held at Waterkloof at 2pm on Sunday and TB Joshua, the ‘man of god’ could not!
http://www.enca.com/africa/west-africa/nigeria-church-collapse-74-bodies-coming-home

Families of Nigeria disaster victims heading to Pretoria

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHszLVbKsBU

SA government positive about bodies repatriation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awcUH4u7Ysg

Sophie Mokoena on repatriation of Nigeria tragedy victim’s bodies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybgvm3ihzdY