TELEVANGELIST Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua has invited scores of families of the people killed in a building collapse at his church in Nigeria to spend Christmas with him.
Reports from South Africa says more than 40 families have been invited to spend the festive season with the popular preacher.
A total of 116 people died in the September 12 building collapse, with three Zimbabweans, Catherine Ndlovu, Jane Sibanda and Greenwich Ndanga.
It was not immediately clear last night if any of the Zimbabwean families had been invited for the five-day trip.
A relative said Sibanda’s father was in the rural areas and was unaware if he had been invited.
A neighbour to Ndlovu’s family said he had not heard them plan a trip to Nigeria and it was highly unlikely they would be travelling.
The invited families will take part in the annual candlelight service held at the church.
According to the church, TB Joshua will fully fund the families’ five-day trip.
Families will also be afforded the opportunity to visit the site of the collapse, if it’s safe to do so.
Synagogue Church of All Nations spokesperson, Kirsten Nematandani, said 44 families have confirmed their visit to the televangelist and that this isn’t the last visit.
“There will be another batch that will be going out there and this is based on the fact that some families already have in place plans for Christmas and New Year and others don’t have the relevant documents like passports that could take them over,” he said.
“Those are the factors, but at this point in time we are certain of 44 confirmations and they are all looking forward to going there.”
Some families reportedly wanted to see where their relatives collapsed so they could have closure.
— eNCA/Staff Reporter.