Missing relatives: GoG offers t o help
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.