Wall collapse leaves 13 dead at KZN church

Illustrative Church building

According to local reports, there had been a storm with heavy winds in the area that is believed to have contributed to the church's collapse.

Local officials have blamed the tragedy on heavy rainfall in the area around eMpangeni on Thursday night.

Thirteen worshippers have been killed after the wall of a church where they were taking part in Passover prayers collapsed on top of them.

Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the provincial Cooperative Governance Department, commented that:ally lost their lives and a total of 29 people were transported to hospital.

Most of the victims were reportedly women sleeping in the church.

Disaster management teams have been dispatched and investigations are now underway into what caused the collapse.

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Leader of main South African opposition party the Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane, has offered his condolences.

"There was a strong storm at the time but we can't be totally sure why the wall collapsed until the police are done with their investigations", said McKenzie.

"This weekend is a historic weekend, it's an opportunity for Christians all over the world to gather together to pray and to celebrate and to reflect and really look at Good Friday".

"We want to support all our communities that are impacted by this incident in their hour of need".

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is situated on South Africa's eastern seaboard, on the edge of the Indian Ocean.

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