Miss­ing rel­a­tives: GoG of­fers t o help

Weekend Witness - - Ne Ws -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — South Africans need­ing help find­ing rel­a­tives fol­low­ing the build­ing col­lapse at the S yn­a­gogue Church of All N ations in La­gos, Nige­ria, should con­tact char­ity Gift of the Gi vers, it said y es­ter­day.

Fol­low­ing a r adio int erview ear ly y es­ter­day evening, f ounder Imtiaz Sooli­man said he r eceived calls fr om fi ve peo­ple w anting t o find miss­ing rel­a­tives. “Peo­ple who called me asked if I c ould find their f am­ily mem­ber s,” he said.

“I asked for the name of the f am­ily mem­ber, their ID num­ber and a pictuer of the afmily mem­ber. If ther e is an yone who seek s as sis­tance in try­ing to con­tact fam­ily mem­bers in La­gos, they are mor e than w elcome t o c on­tact me.”

If Sooli­man c ould not be r eached o ver the phone, the in­for­ma­tion could be SMSed to him, with a pic­ture, if pos­si­ble. He can be c on­tacted at 083 236 4029.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Minis ter in the P res­i­dency Jeff Radebe said the death toll of 84 South Africans in the c ol­lapse of the multi­s torey gue st house r emained a “t en­ta­tive figur e”.

“As of yes­ter­day evening the to­tal num­ber of un­ac­counted for South Africans and pre­sum­ably de­ceased re­mains at 84,” Radebe said in Pre­to­ria.

“This fig­ure, how­ever, re­mains ten­ta­tive as it is still sub­ject to con­fir­ma­tion through the foren­sic tests. As soon as our t eam have c om­pleted that ver­i­fi­ca­tion, we will know ex­actly how many South Africans ha ve per­ished.”

The min­is­ter, who heads an int er­min­is­te­rial task team on the dis­as­ter, said a team of se­nior South African res­cue and foren­sics ex­perts had ar­rived in Nig eria and s tarted work.

“The as­sess­ment team is fo­cus­ing on the fol­low­ing spe­cific ar­eas: body re­cov­ery and repa­tri­a­tions, vic­tims lis ting and c on­fir­ma­tion, pos t mortems, as well as as sess­ment of in­jur ed per­sons to de­ter­mine the med­i­cal con­di­tion and re­quired le vels of car e.”

So far no bod­ies had been flown back to South Africa, he added. — S apa.

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