13 people were killed when a Pentecostal Church building collapsed in Dlangubo in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday night.
The tragedy occurred during a Passover service.
Spokesperson for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Lennox Mabaso says MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube is leading a delegation to the site to help the bereaved families.
Disaster management teams have already been dispatched.
Last night the MEC for Cogta, Nomusa Dube-Ngcube had to disperse teams from our disaster management unit to respond to an incident in Dlangubo, which is outside Empangeni, where members of the Pentecostal Church were busy worshipping when the building collapsed.— Lennox Mabaso, Spokesperson - Cogta
This morning we are on our way with the MEC for Cogta leading a high-powered delegation to the site to conduct inspections.— Lennox Mabaso, Spokesperson - Cogta
Heavy storms in the area are said to have contributed to the collapse of the building.
There were heavy rainfalls that were happening in some parts of the province, including that particular area.— Lennox Mabaso, Spokesperson - Cogta
Mabaso says Cogta's role is to inspect the site and to offer comfort to those affected.
We've got to go there and see how we can provide a level of comfort for people who've got to come to terms (with the tragedy), we have to go the injured families, we've got to go to the reverends... also to make sure we are able as government to provide all the support and emergency relief we can provide at this point in time.— Lennox Mabaso, Spokesperson - Cogta
Our teams have been reporting what they saw as they got there to rescue some people and have to deal with the issue of those who have perished in this horrific incident.— Lennox Mabaso, Spokesperson - Cogta
Mabaso asked South Africans to keep the bereaved in their prayers over the Easter weekend.
We send condolences to the bereaved families and ask everyone to keep the affected families in their prayers.— Lennox Mabaso, Spokesperson - Cogta
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