Synagogue church pays tribute to victims of 2014 building collapse

The Synagogue Church of All Nations on Sunday marked the seventh anniversary of the 2014 collapse of its guesthouse which killed over 100 persons.

The vast majority of casualties were from South Africa, but the nationalities of dozens of others were not disclosed.

Founder of the church Prophet TB Joshua, before his demise, named the victims “martyrs of faith”.

The church used snippets of his sermons to pay tribute to the victims in a video posted to Facebook.

“As we remember our beloved martyrs of faith who transitioned to glory on September 12, 2014, the SCOAN and Emmanuel TV Family would appreciate your love, care and support for the victims and relations at this time,” the church said.

Joshua claimed in the video that the victims of the building collapse were in heaven. According to him, those who were unrighteous at the time of the collapse were made righteous by the single act of being involved.

While Joshua linked the tragedy to a strange aircraft “hovering” above the building shortly before it fell, a coroner’s report said it was due to structural failure.

The case has remained inconclusive in court.