THE wife of popular Nigerian prophet Temitope Balogun “TB” Joshua, Evelyn, reportedly visited the family of the Bulawayo woman who was among the three confirmed Zimbabweans that died when a hostel at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan) collapsed on September 12 killing about 115 people and injuring scores of others.
Evelyn is said to have visited on Friday and donated $2 000 towards funeral expenses to the family of the deceased woman identified as Sisasenkosi Ngwenya.
Ngwenya had erroneously been referred to as Catherine Ndlovu in previous reports on the tragedy.
“The wife of TB Joshua came on Friday and gave the bereaved family $2 000 towards funeral expenses. You can find out more from the family,” said a source.
However, when a Southern Eye news crew visited the bereaved family, it was told that there was no funeral and the family had just gathered for a regular meeting to discuss family matters.
A family spokesperson, Caroline Vundundu, said they were just working out some issues pertaining to their family.
“Who told you that there is a funeral gathering here? You lie a lot you people; we are not prepared to talk to you. Next time you come here l will pour boiling water on you,” Vundundu said.
Other confirmed Zimbabweans who died after the six-storey building collapsed include another woman identified as Jane Sibanda of Entumbane and MDC-T acting provincial chairperson for Mashonanaland West, Greenwich Ndanga.
According to the MDC-T, Ndanga’s body was in South Africa awaiting repatriation back home for burial.
Evelyn reportedly left the country on Saturday.
The number of Zimbabweans who travelled to Lagos on the fateful week remains unknown.
Hundreds of Zimbabweans troop to Nigeria every week to attend Scoan services.
TB Joshua has announced that he will visit South Africa every month to meet families of the victims, but it is unclear if he will also visit Zimbabwe.
At least 84 South Africans died after the building collapsed and scores were seriously injured.
Source: Southern Eye