South Africa 8.10.2014 11:22 am

No injuries in Lyndhurst church wall collapsed – EMS

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons (Lance Cpl. M. C. Nerl)

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons (Lance Cpl. M. C. Nerl)

A wall has collapsed at the Alleluia Ministries International Church in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg following reported safety concerns.

Johannesburg Emergency Services confirmed that the 10m wall had collapsed last night at about 7.48pm.

“No injuries were reported in the collapse and no one had been reported missing,” said EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe.

“Fire safety officers will be dispatched to inspect construction plans,” she added.

Last week, the SA Press Association reported that construction at the church building had been a disaster waiting to happen.

A second storey was being added to the church, allegedly without building plans or approval from the City of Johannesburg.

The church was said to be operating illegally, as the property it is situated on had not been zoned as a place of worship.

A church representative who only identified himself as John, said this morning that no wall collapsed at the church.

“Construction has been suspended this morning pending an investigation. We will have a media briefing this afternoon to discuss what is happening at the church,” he said.

In September, about 115 people, among them 84 South Africans, were killed and dozens trapped when a multi-storey guesthouse attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, run by Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, collapsed in Lagos.

Some 350 South Africans were thought to be visiting the church when the accident happened.

Caxton News Service

 

 

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