It is the deadliest incident involving South Africans abroad “in our recent history,” Zuma said.

The Synagogue Church of All Nations founded by Prophet T. B. Joshua, attracts membership from across Africa including South Africa, Zambia among other countries. It had play host to foreign dignitaries such as Heads of state from Zambia, Ghana. 

Joshua had attributed the collapsed building to terrorist attack, saying he is in possession of  a cctv footage of a jet hovering over the building before the collapsed and suggested it was an attempt on his life.

On Tuesday, however, a rescue official said the likeliest cause of the building’s collapse was the construction of additional storey without reinforcing the foundations.

Prophet Joshua, regularly preaches to large crowds at a mega-church in Lagos’s Ikotun district.

“His followers in Nigeria and abroad believe he has the gifts of healing and prophecy,” the report added.