SA duo claim t o have seen plane
Mystery plane blamed f or Lagos disaster
TWO South Africans claim to have seen the mysterious aeroplane that T.B. Joshua says caused the collapse of his church guest house.
Up t o 84 South Africans ar e no w feared dead in the disaster in Lagos last Friday.
Juanita Sikanyika (38), a la wyer from Fairlands, and Themba Mohlapi (36), a Sandton e vent planner , said y esterday they sa w and hear d the plane.
Sikanyika and M ohlapi spok e in J ohannesburg at a media c onference on EmmanuelTV, J oshua’s TV channel.
Sikanyika is a member of the Rhema church while Mohlapi belongs to Joshua’s S ynagogue Chur ch of All N ations (Scoan).
Sikanyika w as in Lag os on busine ss last Friday, but “I also w anted to go to the church”, she said. She said she w as standing on the b alcony of her hot el room near the church when she saw the plane. “It w as fl ying v ery, v ery lo w. It looked suspicious t o me. I lat er sa w it again. It was shaped like a fish,” she said.
A while later — she could not say how long — the church hostel collapsed, but she didn’ t see or hear this, “because I was in the b ath”.
Mohlapi was on a “spiritual visit” to the church and was staying in one of the threestorey hostels opposite the building that c ollapsed.
He heard a loud bang when the building fell. Shortly before that, he hear d a plane “fl ying close t o the building ”.
“When I heard the bang, I thought the plane had crashed. I ran to the window and saw dust and people. It was a ghastly scene. I saw people with their legs hanging by a piece of skin. It was shocking.”
Joshua has pr eviously been r eported as blaming “I slamic e xtremists” f or throwing a “chemical” out of a small plane and causing the c ollapse.
National Emer gency Management Agency (Nema) spokesperson Ibrahim F arinloye reacts at the sit e of a c ollapsed building at the Synagogue Chur ch of All Nations.